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ESL Teacher at La Universidad Metropolitana, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Borderline Addiction

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More so than that, students and even adults have become modern day zombies, catatonic slaves to their smart phones, brains shackled to a virtual world of misbelief.

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I think that people talks down upon this generation that uses so much technology but that is how this country is evolving. In my opinion it just so happens that the younger generations are adapting to it more quickly then other generations are. For example, my 81 year old grandma has learned how to use a cell phone and text off of her cell phone. I think that the technological divide isn't has big as it has been due to everyone starting to become familiar with it and it's not as much of a diversity problem as it has been in the years past.

Lower School Spanish Teacher

I really appreciate your

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I really appreciate your tapping into this evolutionary quality and helping teachers adapt to it.
I think it boils down to choice. Not all teens are comfortable exposing themselves privately in school. They know instinctively that "the industrial model" is not made for them to "thrive" in, it is 400 years old! More of the system has to evolve for them to feel this connection. I wrote about this here:
http://elblogdelisita.blogspot.com/2013/04/what-does-your-ideal-school-l...
Right alongside technological choices we need models that allows students to engage and connect with themselves. A place in space and time (at school) where they are able discover the silence of their mind, where creativity and inspiration breed genius works.
The minute they rush out of school, they without fail (borderline addiction) switch the code. Unfortunately, technology is depleting our teens of patience, dreaming, wondering, and filling them with anxiety if they lack the instant-gratification that social media taunts them with. Meditation, yoga, tai-chi. Models of instruction that foster peace, mindfulness and joy.

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