Don’t teach your kids this stuff. Please?

  

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don't teach your kids to read

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don't teach your kids to write

  online

pen and paper aren't going anywhere

since when do kids need an audience?

no need to hyperlink

  make videos

    audio

      Flash

      

no connecting, now

no social networking

  or online chat

  or comments

  or PLNs

blogs and twitter?

  how self-absorbed

  what a bunch of crap

and definitely, absolutely, resolutely, no cell phones

block it all

lock it down

keep it out

it's evil, you know

  there's bad stuff out there

    gotta keep your children safe

    

don't you know collaboration is just another word for cheating?

don't you know how much junk is out there?

haven't you ever heard of sexting?

  of cyberbullying?

a computer 24-7? no thanks

  I don't want them

    creating

      sharing

        thinking

          learning

you know they're just going to look at porn

  and hook up with predators

we can't trust them

don't do any of it, please

  

really

'cause I'm doing all of it with my kids

can't wait to see who has a leg up in a decade or two

can you?

  

618 Responses to “Don’t teach your kids this stuff. Please?”

  1. Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Kate Fail and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at The University of South Alabama. Your post was very powerful in such few words. I agree that the resistance to technology is quite ridiculous and that if people and teachers would simply take the time to learn about the benefits of technology then they would see that by not using it they are only being a disservice to the student. Of course there are dangers on the web but there are just as many dangers in the real world. Just as a parent and/or teacher should prepare and educate their children and students on how to be safe in every aspect of their lives, we should also be teaching them how to safely use technology. Technology is a huge part of our present lives and will only grow to become a bigger influence in our future lives. Teachers have a responsibility and a duty to prepare their students to be successful in the future and this no doubt includes teaching them about technology.
    Thank you for your post!

  2. My name is Joe Hunter and I really enjoyed your post.

  3. Hello my name is Sarah Clever and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog because I absolutely agree. I think that is neat how you tell others not to teach their children/students about these things so yours will be a step ahead. If we teach our students about technology and the future of the world, they will understand when they are exposed to it later on in life in the real world. Thank you for sharing and I hope that it touches others the way it touched me.

  4. Mr McLeod, your sense of humor and sarcasm couldn’t have been any better. Your description of everything not to do on computers were dead on because of the risks factors. Also, the ending on how it tied everything together was perfect and kept the reader guessing. Parents do keep their children from using computers because they are uneducated about what computers are actually about and how to correctly teach their child the right material. Technology is spreading rapidly throughout the world especially through kids. The adults need to make sure we aren’t getting left behind.

  5. Mr. McLeod, your sense of humor and sarcasm couldn’t have been any better. Your description of everything not to do on computers were dead on because of the risks factors. Also, the ending on how it tied everything together was perfect and kept the reader guessing. Parents do keep their children from using computers because they are uneducated about what computers are actually about and how to correctly teach their child the right material. Technology is spreading rapidly throughout the world especially through kids. The adults need to make sure we aren’t getting left behind.

  6. Dr. McLeod
    I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I liked the humorous expression of common ideas about technology. The role of technology in teaching seems to be changing slowly. I can see how deep seeded the ideas regarding kids using technology are. I have heard all of those misconceptions and recognize the need to bring them out into the open. Thank you for your post Dr McLeod.
    Sincerely,
    Robert Fisher

  7. Dr. Mcleod,
    I am a student in EDM310 at the university of South Alabama. I do agree with you but I just feel like children on the internet need to be monitored closely. So much harm can come at them if they are left to it alone. I feel like it can be a wonderful tool that can help them blossom. Yet I feel as though their is degrading, racy, predators, and many more harmful things that they can be exposed to at a age too early. I do believe in blocking sites and hindering what they are exposed to but i feel as though guided in the right way it can be more beneficial then harmful.
    Ash Baumann

  8. I love the sarcasm. I can see myself saying something just like to get my point across. You honestly had me going for a second. As I read down the page, I was thinking “I am about to have to leave a huge disagreement comment”, but right at the end I got on board!

  9. Hey Mr. McLeod,
    My name is Magan Crum. I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. While reading your post I was a little disturbed. Yes, I realize that computers, and web is showing our youth negative things. It also, opens different opportunities in different ways. It has aloud our kids to be diverse and learn new things. A lot of parents can not afford to take their children around the world, with this technology they can experience traveling in a classroom. I do not think taking them away from it will solve the issue. We as adults should teach them what is right and wrong. I am all for technology and learning how to make it useful.

  10. Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Anna Darby. I am an EDM 310 student at the University of South Alabama. I love this post. Although it’s sarcastic, the real truth is hidden behind it. Why shouldn’t teach their kids about all of this stuff? They are too afraid of the consequences. But what is there to be afraid of? Everyone should want to help their children to further their education. No one should be left out. The negativity that follows is nothing new. But the positives outweigh the negatives.

  11. Dr.McLeod,
    I am a student in Dr.Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your blog. It challenged my thinking a little. I would have to say that I stand on the fence of the issue of technology in classrooms. On one side I strongly feel as if technology can be a bit much in the classroom at times. It seems as if kids these days don’t even have to know the real value of writing because the computer does it for them. Even spelling isn’t that important because if a student misspells a word, the computer can just correct it while in the meantime the student just carries on without grasping the fact that they need to focus on their spelling.
    On the other side of the argument, I feel as if technology is important in the classroom. The new aged ways that technology is incorporated in the classroom definitely can be beneficial and though technology can be used as a distraction and in negative ways, if we as teachers teach the correct ways to use them, then we can avoid any problems occurring.

  12. My name is Ashley Fallo. I am a student at the University of South Alabama and a student in EDM 310. Your post was very thought provoking. I liked how you used a sarcastic tone to make your point. I completely agree with you, people are way too judgmental when it comes to technology. If technology is used the right way there are many benefits that it has. The world is moving in that direction and there is no way to stop it but you can learn how to use it properly and teach your children those ways. I enjoyed reading your post.

  13. Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Joy Eady, Im currently taking Dr. Strange’s Edm310 class at the University of South Alabama. I totally agree with your post. I think it is great how you use sarcasm as a tool to make your point about learning the new technology. I think we should definitely teach our children all about technology and try keeping them up to date on all the new advancements. Yes, negativity does sometimes follow technology, but we should not stray away from teaching it.

  14. Dear Dr. McLeod

    I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama and I was reading through your post. At first, I really thought you were portraying yourself as a Luddite. But as I delved into your post a little further, paying close attention to more than just the words on the page. I found your message to be a warning to all those who oppose the oncoming tide of technology. If we don’t change, we will be left behind. In your warning you placed real warnings for those who are naive of the dangers when you give this gift of unlimited knowledge to your children. Please be aware of where they tread. Make sure you, the parent, the teacher, or the mentor are aware of where they have been, where they are, and where they are going. I agree with your post and I applaud your attempts at using reverse psychology to make people think of what is really necessary for our children to succeed in this new technological developing world.

    Thank You,

    Jason Lynch

  15. My name is Lindsey Edwards and I am student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your post about teaching kids technology. We are scared that teaching children about various sources of technology will lead to bad things, such as pornography and sexual predators. We don’t think about the fact that not teaching them could hold them back in the future. Technology is becoming a large part of our society and it will only increase. In order for children to be successful in the future they must begin now and continue learning throughout their life. Technology has allowed for children to learn and connect with people around the world. It allows for more application and enhances the learning process. I completely agree with you that teaching them now will greatly affect their success in the future.

  16. Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Heather Rigby. I am a student in Dr.Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I find your post amazing. People will always fear something good. People take the old saying “too good to be true” to heart and apply it to too many things. I mean technology is taking off in our world today. Every child owns a piece of technology and can utilize it to their ability. So I think the real question is why not?

  17. Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Kasey Mooney, I am a student in Dr.Strange’s EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama.I find your post quite interesting. I think that using sarcasm is a good way to get someones attention. I would have to agree that kids who are using and becoming familiar with technology now do have a leg up on the future. Technology is expanding and becoming more and more demanding and relied upon. I think that students should know how to use the new technology and have a “leg up” on things, but I do think it does need to be done under supervision.

  18. Mr. McLeod,

    My name is Sara Cardwell. I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. The first time I read your post, I did not fully get the meaning behind it. After reading it the second time, I completely understand where you are coming from. I liked how you used a sarcastic way of writing your blog. The point comes out better that way. People in today’s world need to stop focusing on the negatives that technology has to offer and start focusing on the positives that come with technology.

  19. Wonderful post Mr. McLeod! My name is Shaun Coleman from EDM310 class at South Alabama. Enjoyed reading this I totally agree with this. I believe technology has ruined our youth and it scares me to think about what the future holds for my kids.

  20. Mr. Mcleod, you make a good point. I’m a student at the University of South Alabama and what you said is very logical. Yes, there are bad things that children have access to, but isn’t there bullying in schools? Aren’t children having babies? Isn’t that creepy uncle the predator? A parent, teacher, administrator, and board member cannot protect the children from everything immoral in this world. We would have to take each child and keep them in a box their whole lives. Children should have the opportunity to join this technological world, however, we must educate them on how to stay away from bad situations that they may regret later.

  21. Dr. McLeod,
    It excites me that there are educators in this country that are challenging the old way of thinking about education. I am currently a student at The University of South Alabama and am pursuing a degree in education. I realize, do in large part to theEDM310 class I am in enrolled in, that we are the future of education in America. It is our responsibility to bring our students and ourselves further into this technological revolution, how ever intimidating that might sound…

  22. Dr. Mcleod, my name is Carrie Whitt and I am a Student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed thoroughly the creative way in which you got your point across. It is true that some people still feel as though technology is just nuisance in todays society. I am with you all the way, we must not fight this inevitable transformation in society, and instead embrace if we ever have any hopes of succeeding. Thank you.

  23. Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in Edm 310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading your post. The way you argued your point really made this interesting to read. I completely agree with you. We cant eleminate technology because our future is in the technology.

  24. Hi, Mr. Mcleoud my name is Donte Todd. I am currently enrolled in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. Firs,t I would like to say that you have a very unique way of addressing the technology debate. I think you are correct and I agree with the sarcasim that was used in this blog. Being technologically intelligent in our generation is no longer a “maybe”, it is now a “must”.

  25. Hi my name is Byronn Brye and I attend EDM310 at University of South Alabama. I like how you came off telling parents not to teach there kids about computers and technology. I think that was priceless and if any parent out there thinks there kids will not need computers think again. Everything in today’s society is run or will be run based on computers.

  26. Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Derkesha Dale and I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your post and I agree with you as to why technology should be used by children. Yes, it is true that cyber bullying exist, predators are online, and cheating goes on. As adults, we should teach kids about the positives and negatives of internet use, such as time limits, which sites to visit, and if they are able to have social networking pages, such as Twitter or Facebook.

  27. Mr. McLeod, this is a hilarious post! I agree with introducing children to technology, children learning how to use technology, and children using technology. Technology is what the next generation will be using and they must be prepared. I say the earlier they learn the better off they will be. I do believe that we should make sure our children are aware of cyber predators, cyber bullying, and all other inappropriate uses of the internet. Other than that children need to dive into the world of technology and have fun doing it!

  28. I once read. “Teachers prepare their students for a world they themselves may never see.” Technology is a very real part of that.

  29. Dr. Mcleod,
    When I first began to read your post, I said to myself well he is totatlly against technology in the classroom. I thought your post was very straight forward. You really kept me guessing as to what the conclusion of your post was going to be. Great post!

  30. Hi! I am a teacher renewing her certificate in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama with Dr. Strange. I have a very dry personality and enjoyed your sarcasm. I think your most powerful statement was at the end – the one about you being a parent that is doing it too. That’s what a lot of pessimists forget. They can join the bandwagon. You aren’t comfortable with them doing it without you in school then do it with them at home. Educate yourselves.

  31. My name is Hannah Albano I am a student at The University of South Alabama in EDM 310. I throughly enjoyed reading your posts and some of the various comments that have been left! I think it is importance parents, teachers and administrators realize the importance of the shift in education that is happening before our eyes. If we do not conform to the change, I fear the consequences teachers are going to face!

  32. Hi Mr. McLeod.

    I’m a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading this post. The writing style along with the sarcasm really made this fun to read. You made your point in a clever way. I agree that technology needs to be incorporated into the classroom and that those who have been exposed to it will be ahead of those who have not.

  33. Hi Mr. Mcleod,

    I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I think you make a great point. Teachers, administrators, and parents who choose to shield their children are setting them up for potential failure. Maybe that was a little harsh; maybe not failure, but like you said, they will be behind those students who embrace technology.

  34. Makenzie Cunningham Reply July 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Mr. McLeod,

    I am a student at the University of South Alabama in EDM 310. I throughly enjoyed this blog post! What a clever way to get your point across. I agree, technology is needed in the classroom and it is our responsibility to educate students to use the tools correctly. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  35. Brittany DeFalco Reply July 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Hi! My name is Brittany DeFalco and I am a student at the University of South Alabama currently enrolled in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I must say that your approach in this post was interesting. Sarcastic, definitely. I’m not much for sarcasm myself but it seemed to work well for you in this post. I understand that we should be preparing this generation to function in society through the use of technology because its all about technology. However, I say let’s keep a balance. It doesn’t have to be a “my way or the highway thing.” There is nothing wrong with freedom with limits. Be the parent. Be your child’s first teacher. Use technology when needed, but let’s not make it our world, because its not. Thank you for sharing!

  36. Hello, I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama this summer. I enjoyed your post. You are very funny. Yes, we need to all get on board with technology. I personally believe we should combine all forms of “old world” and “new world” teaching to make it the best for our students. Technology is here and it’s not going anywhere. Most students can use computers better than their teachers. Thank you!

  37. Jamie Cunningham Reply July 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Hello, My name is Jamie Cunningham and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading your post and found it really humorous. What I got from this post was hey don’t teach your kids this stuff cause I want my kids to be ahead of yours lol. Great Post.

  38. Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed this post as I have many of your others. I hope to offer my kids every possible opportunity of getting ahead one day and I believe that this includes teaching them to use technology. There are so many things they can learn and do with technology and I definitely believe it offers them an advantage over kids that are blocked from it. I really hate to hear people talk about the internet being evil. This is just another excuse. Thanks for posting! I look forward to reading more.

  39. Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Mary Anderson and I am also a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 @ the University of South AL. What an awesome display of satire you’ve written. I’m one of Dr. Strange’s reformed “no technology in my classroom” students. At first it was a challenge for me to let my guard down and accept the benefit that technology has on young minds. After spending this entire semester researching, learning and practicing with the tech advancements that I can incorperate in my classroom, I’m fully embraced by the ideas. I agree with other posts that I’ve read from students;I do not believe it will take a full decade to show who’s more advanced between children who are sheltered from tech use or children who have ample supply at their finger tips.

    While you didn’t say this, I have encountered some who think intellegence levels between tech advanced students and non-tech students might vary. I don’t think it’s fair to say one student might be “smarter” than the other student simply because of technology but, definately more advanced.

    Thank you for sharing such a funny and creative expression of your thoughts!!

    Mary

  40. Courtney Blackmon Reply July 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Hey there! I am also a student at the University of South Alabama enrolled in EDM 310. I definitely enjoyed your blog too especially this post. I see both sides of this argument. I am a mother to a 3 year old and very over protective so I can only imagine how protective I will be when she gets to start being on the internet. I am so scared of all the bad things that she can find, see or do on here but then again I know she can and WILL learn so much by exploring and reading lots of good blogs, and websites. There are ways to control what she will be able to view of course so I guess that’s good too. But I definitely want her to be taught on the computer more rather than in a classroom with paper and pencil writing definitions. I really hope the school system has all these technologies available to her when she starts school. We can only hope! Great post and such a humorous way of writing. THhnks!

  41. hahaha! Very Interesting!! I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am currently taking EDM310 which teaches teacers to be technologically literate. Before this class, a lot of what you were saying may have been foreign but not now! This was a nice, sarcastic way of getting the point across. The truth of the matter is, that we simply cannot keep our students sheltered and expect them to be successful in such a technological diverse world! Awesome Post!

  42. I am a student in edm310 at the University of South Alabama. I like the post, shows you are a protective parent, but you can monitor the things your kids look at. As stated before by many people you can show kids how to use technology for good reasons, or the right way. You are right about people using the web for the wrong reasons.

  43. Hello, my name is Angelia Gafford, I am a student at University of South Alabama. I am currently taking a summer class, ,a href=”http://www.edm310.blogspot.com/”>Class BLOG EDM310 check out the blog if you get a chance. This class helps teach educators to incorporate technology in the classroom and has broaden my mind to be open to change. Our students and their learning experience should be our #1 priority and we can accomplish so much with the use of technology in all classrooms. Great Post!

  44. My name is Angelia Gafford and I am a student at The University of South Alabama. I am currently taking a summer class Class Blog EDM310 check out the class blog. This class helps educators incorporate technology in the classroom and has helps broaden my mind to be open to change. Our students and their learning experience should be our #1 priority and finding different ways to use technology to help teach our students will benefit them for the future.

  45. Hi Scott, my name is Justin Parmer and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I could not agree more with your post. Especially after everything I have learned in this course, your students really will have an amazing leg up on other students that are limited in how they were allowed to use technology for communication and collaborative purposes. Thanks for your post!

  46. Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!
    Wish I had something like that when I was advocating for internet access years ago. I think we do more harm than good by blocking everything, but teaching students nothing about personal responsibility.

  47. I find it hard to believe that an intelligent person could possibly be so irresponsible, short-sighted and panacaean as that. What a ridiculous generalisation! Of course we shouldn’t go to one extreme on the issue, but this post espouses going the other extreme, and applies the same principle to all computer users, regardless of age or their ability to see the long- (or even short-) term consequences of their actions. How incredibly naive, uneducated and irresponsible. I can give you dozens of examples of how that sort of thinking can have harmful effects on a growing child or even on a fully-grown adult. Does that mean we go the extreme of shutting down technology? Of course not. But should we completely ignore all potential risks and go the other extreme? Apparently, according to you, it does. Be more responsible, realistic, and think a little before posting such rubbish.

    • re: “rubbish” …

      Thanks for the comment, Antonia. I appreciate your contribution but am pretty sure I don’t advocate ‘ignoring all potential risks and going [to] the other extreme.’ In other words, I don’t think this poem is as extremist as you make it out to be…

  48. I’m a student of EDM310 @ the Univ. Of South Alabama. Your post was a reading assignment and I’m glad I read it. I enjoyed it very much and I agree with every word of it. If we don’t prepare our students early for the technology waiting for them, someone else will teach their children. Our students deserve the very best education we can offer them and if we don’t provide it, we are not providing education that will encourage learning that is best for our students. Thank you for the post.

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