For you who understand German and the backgrounds, this song will be funny. For you who don’t, hang in there – by the end you’ll understand the text anyway. 😀
Smart phones and tablets in school:
According to brain neurologist Manfred Spitzer, the worst you can do to a toddler is give them a tablet to play with. You limit their brain development by limiting the time in which they work with real-life objects.
- Toddlers learn by manipulating objects with their fingers. Statistical studies have connected that the most significant difference between Nobel prize winning scientists and ordinary scientists is how much more the Nobel prize winners played with building blocks as preschoolers.
- The brain cannot be compared to a computer. A computer has a main store (hard drive) that is at some point full. The brain has no hard drive “store”, instead everything is recorded as pathways. The more pathways there are, the more “storage capacity” the brain has. In other words, not learning content because you want to “leave space” on your “brain store” achieves the exact opposite you think it will. Counterintuitive, but not if you see the brain like a well-run city that develops more and more sophisticated roads, and the more a certain pathway gets used, the more the municipality upgrades it so it never jams. Eventually there are so many highways riddling and criss-crossing the city that jumping from one end to another is no effort, and finding your way to anywhere is really easy. (Analogy by gipsika – M.S. would have a better one. He has the better brain 😀 )
If you really want your child to reach its full potential in adulthood, here’s what he recommends you to do in toddlerhood:
Let the kid have lots of the following:
- Toys and real-life objects to manipulate, click together (Lego, Mechano), puzzles, creative toys like beading, physical stuff that practices fine-motor control
- Interactive sports with other kids!
- Music! He harps on learning a musical instrument quite a lot, in many different speeches and interviews. The more difficult, the better.
- Fantasy & role play. This increases the creativity of the child. (No: Computer games are not the same as role play.)
And take away that iPad!
It’s interesting to note that Steve Jobs didn’t let his kids play with tablets, iPads or computers. He was a bit of a “tiger dad” that way.
Can any of you remember being bored as a kid? Even sometimes? What did you do when you were bored?
Today kids don’t get bored; they are addicted to electronic games and “wipey-phones”. They don’t have enough time to get bored; all their time is filled with reactivity. Kids hate hearing this. Well, cocaine addicts also hate hearing that their drug is damaging them. Addicts stick up for their drug.
Just so by the way: Manfred Spitzer’s stance attracts a lot of ridicule.
The ridicule comes mainly from three sources: People who have a vested interest in selling electronic media and addictive games to kids; parents and educators who would otherwise have to admit to having contributed to ADHD and lowering their children’s intellect (and that might be an unbearable burden of guilt); and games addicts themselves. And not one crit I’ve come across of his work is written in a way that the crit can be taken seriously.
A serious crit is written in a way that it disproves the original piece with counter-evidence, facts and statistics. All these crits on Spitzer’s work do is use ridicule and emotive writing to make the reader feel there’s something wrong with his work – they don’t have the ammo to disprove it.
Food for thought on a Wednesday morning, lovely cloudy weather here in PTA today, have a glorious day!