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In her article “What’s the Matter With Kids Today?”, Amy Goldwasser addresses the idea set forth by an independent research organization that the internet is creating an illiterate generation. According to Goldwasser, this is not so. She asserts that the research group’s findings are not accurate because the information used was not pertinent to the time period. The questions were from a test used by the federal government in 1986, when, as Goldwasser points out, “students didn’t have the Internet to store their trivia”. The fact that the American teenager spends “an average of 16.7 hours a week reading and writing online”, is a large piece of Goldwasser’s evidence that contradicts Common Core’s report.
She purports that if teenagers were directed in their online use they would have done better on the questions that were more difficult, specifically historical ones. In her argument, Goldwasser also takes from a speech given by Doris Lessing, a British novelist and playwright. Lessing condemns the Internet, saying it has “seduced a whole generation into its inanities.” Goldwasser feels much differently on the subject. In fact, Goldwasser believes that with a few minor adjustments, the American teenager could be just as literate if we “start celebrating” their use of the Internet. As Goldwasser says, “our teenagers have the potential to become the next great voices of America” if we are willing to stop treating the internet as a villain of learning.
I am inclined to agree with Goldwasser’s assessment. I believe that, used correctly, the internet is a tool for education and research. If given proper guidance, I believe that the youth of America can do great things with the technology they have at their fingertips. According to Goldwasser, the average American teenager has great potential because of their uncanny ability to navigate the internet with ease and sophistication. Sometimes I think that older generations perhaps resent these youth and their technological toys. Her comment that Lessing’s “specialty is sturdy typewriters, or perhaps pens” is a bit catty but, perhaps, accurate. Humans are quick to disregard or even denounce that which they do not understand. Lessing’s obvious disdain for young people who are adept at using the internet is proof of this.
However, I think it is fear of the unknown and perhaps even a little jealousy that keeps the older generations from embracing the internet and technology in general. Here are these children, who seem to have contributed much less than their elderly counterparts, and yet they have the whole world in a little box on their desktop. Yet, internet research as well as browsing, in moderation, should not be shrugged off as a bad thing for children simply because it is new and confusing to the older generation. Advancement and evolution are a part of life, and while this new way of learning may be foreign to those who came before, we shouldn’t stifle or limit the possibilities of the younger generations because of misunderstanding.