The article's author, Amy Goldwasser, writes of kids today:
“...they choose to write about themselves, on their own time, rather than its being a forced labor when a paper's due in school. Regularly, often late at night, they're generating a body of intimate written work. They appreciate the value of a good story and the power of a speech that moves: Ninety-seven percent of the teenagers in the Common Core survey connected 'I have a dream' with its speaker -- they can watch Dr. King deliver it on demand -- and eight in 10 knew what 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is about.”
“This is, of course, the kind of knowledge we should be encouraging. The Internet has turned teenagers into honest documentarians of their own lives -- reporters embedded in their homes, their schools, their own heads.”
She adds we need to stop fearing that the Internet is the downfall of literacy skills. To the contray, she contends kids' online lives are making the next generation more literate than any other, noting:
“Teenagers today read and write for fun; it's part of their social lives. We need to start celebrating this unprecedented surge, incorporating it as an educational tool instead of meeting it with punishing pop quizzes and suspicion.”
As educators, we need to ponder the ideas that Goldwasser covers in her piece. Pay particular attention to her admonitions to her adult audience to accept the digital world's potential to have extraordinary positive effects on promoting literacy.
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