Preparing students for a world that isn’t

Great piece from the NYtimes, about the new book, “Now You See It,” by Cathy N. Davidson, co-director of the annual MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions.

some bits…

“Pundits may be asking if the Internet is bad for our children’s mental development, but the better question is whether the form of learning and knowledge-making we are instilling in our children is useful to their future.” -Davidson

And from the piece, written by Virginia Hefferman:

When we criticize students for making digital videos instead of reading “Gravity’s Rainbow,” or squabbling on Politico.com instead of watching “The Candidate,” we are blinding ourselves to the world as it is. And then we’re punishing students for our blindness. Those hallowed artifacts — the Thomas Pynchon novel and the Michael Ritchie film — had a place in earlier social environments. While they may one day resurface as relevant, they are now chiefly of interest to cultural historians. But digital video and Web politics are intellectually robust and stimulating, profitable and even pleasurable.

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