Why Are We In This Situation, Part II?

It’s not totally fair to blame teachers and education school professors. Popular culture plays a role too.

From Gilbert Sewall, “Lost In Action: Are time-consuming, trivializing activities displacing the cultivation of active minds?,” American Educator (Summer 2000).

Popular culture blindsides some students. It provides mesmerizing entertainments, some incorporated into multimedia and educational software programming. These images and fast-paced electronics are emotionally seductive. Concerned that subject content fails to grab many students—who are grabbed by Nintendo, Channel One, and MTV—psychologists, school administrators, parents, and journalists pressure for more “innovative” learning styles and teaching strategies.

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