Some classical schools ban computers altogether (except for notetaking). I love the premise and give a lot of credence to the arguments. But I am so close to technology as a source of information and communication, that it is easy to to disagree with myself.
I teach literature, and I believe that my primary job in the classroom is to instruct students in better use of the technology of the book. There is no more evidently false assumption than the assumption that people — even academically successful people — are comfortable with books and use them well.
As a parent, your child is absolutely going to learn how to use a computer, and probably very early. They live in your house and you are so adept and culturally wise that you read TBAP! There is value to certain computer classes that advance certain programs and teach overall concepts, bis that what the school should spend their time and resources.
Should they value books or Wikipedia (which they can carry in easily, readable form on their hip holster)?
I know there is a maelstrom of opinions out there and that I am in the minority. What’s yours?
This time I am seeking a recommendation. I have a free audiobook credit at Audible.com that expires next week. They seem to carry a wide-array of newly-released and standard stock fare on their site.
I’m having trouble deciding about what to purchase and wanted to ask you. Normally, my audiobook preferences are things like McCullough biographies or New York Times bestsellers. I am currently reading Team of Rivals and already read Freakonomics and The World is Flat (excellent!), but those are the type I may be looking for now!
Also, I almost never read fiction, except I have probably read 6-7 Grisham books.
I might be interested in Bill O’Reilly’s newest book, and think I will put Glenn Beck’s Christmas Sweater off until next December. Most of my wishlist items are things that aren’t generally made into audio, so I get to do the more trendy type picks.
Tell me what to choose. Sometimes you all get real quiet when I need you to step up. C’mon, readers!
(and if I can find where I got that credit from, I will pass that along)
"The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven fully to enjoy God is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands or wives or children, or the company of earthly friends are but shadows; God is the substance. These are but the scattered beams; God is the sun. These are but streams; God is the ocean."