The future of school looks a lot like a computer keyboard. . . but maybe it shouldn’t.
Right now, young dudes and dudettes in elementary school, middle school and high school mostly take notes by hand. Every parent knows the nightmare of not getting the right color composition book and having to rush back to Walmart with a sniffling child and rooting in vain amongst the dregs of the school supplies, knowing the color won’t be there and school starts tomorrow and why won’t he just be quiet and for the love of peter just take the green one because it really doesn’t make a difference.
*ahem* Yeah, I might have some issues there. Moving on.
So, most notes are taken with pencil and paper in grades k-12, but that might not last for long. And that could be a problem as life goes on.
While college students still take some notes with pen and paper, I’m seeing more and more computers or tablets on college student desks as they take notes to the clicking of keys and not the clicking of a ball-point pen. And that technophilia is moving down into the primary school years as well.
The future is wall-to-wall computers and our schools are changing to accommodate that. According to some recent research, that could be a big mistake.
Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.
“When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated,” said Stanislas Dehaene, a psychologist at the Collège de France in Paris. “There is a core recognition of the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain.
Which we will discuss tomorrow when I come back with a bit more about the whole handwriting versus typing debate.Share on Facebook