The Dumbest Generation

How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future(Or, Don 't Trust Anyone Under 30)

Author: Mark Bauerlein

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440636893

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 2001

This shocking, surprisingly entertaining romp into the intellectual nether regions of today's underthirty set reveals the disturbing and, ultimately, incontrovertible truth: cyberculture is turning us into a society of know-nothings. The Dumbest Generation is a dire report on the intellectual life of young adults and a timely warning of its impact on American democracy and culture. For decades, concern has been brewing about the dumbed-down popular culture available to young people and the impact it has on their futures. But at the dawn of the digital age, many thought they saw an answer: the internet, email, blogs, and interactive and hyper-realistic video games promised to yield a generation of sharper, more aware, and intellectually sophisticated children. The terms “information superhighway” and “knowledge economy” entered the lexicon, and we assumed that teens would use their knowledge and understanding of technology to set themselves apart as the vanguards of this new digital era. That was the promise. But the enlightenment didn’t happen. The technology that was supposed to make young adults more aware, diversify their tastes, and improve their verbal skills has had the opposite effect. According to recent reports from the National Endowment for the Arts, most young people in the United States do not read literature, visit museums, or vote. They cannot explain basic scientific methods, recount basic American history, name their local political representatives, or locate Iraq or Israel on a map. The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future is a startling examination of the intellectual life of young adults and a timely warning of its impact on American culture and democracy. Over the last few decades, how we view adolescence itself has changed, growing from a pitstop on the road to adulthood to its own space in society, wholly separate from adult life. This change in adolescent culture has gone hand in hand with an insidious infantilization of our culture at large; as adolescents continue to disengage from the adult world, they have built their own, acquiring more spending money, steering classrooms and culture towards their own needs and interests, and now using the technology once promoted as the greatest hope for their futures to indulge in diversions, from MySpace to multiplayer video games, 24/7. Can a nation continue to enjoy political and economic predominance if its citizens refuse to grow up? Drawing upon exhaustive research, personal anecdotes, and historical and social analysis, The Dumbest Generation presents a portrait of the young American mind at this critical juncture, and lays out a compelling vision of how we might address its deficiencies. The Dumbest Generation pulls no punches as it reveals the true cost of the digital age—and our last chance to fix it.

Digitale Invasion

Wie wir die Kontrolle über unser Leben zurückgewinnen

Author: Archibald D. Hart,Sylvia Hart Frejd

Publisher: SCM Hänssler

ISBN: 3775171886

Category: Computers

Page: 304

View: 6242

Internet, E-Mail, SMS und Facebook - unser Alltag ist ohne diese neuen Medien kaum noch vorstellbar. Doch nicht nur das: Sie verändern uns selbst und unser Zusammenleben beträchtlich. Aufmerksamkeitsspanne, Multitasking-Mythos und Facebook-Abhängigkeit sind nur einige Beispiele dafür. Eine schleichende Invasion. Ausgehend von den neuesten Erkenntnissen aus Neurobiologie und Psychologie zeigen die Autoren Gefahren der neuen Medien auf, ohne diese an sich abzulehnen. Viele Beispiele und praktische Hinweise helfen, mit den neuen Medien im Alltag besser umzugehen und unsere Kinder entsprechend zu erziehen. Eine ausgewogene (Über-)Lebenshilfe.

Die empathische Zivilisation

Wege zu einem globalen Bewusstsein

Author: Jeremy Rifkin

Publisher: Campus Verlag

ISBN: 3593385120

Category: Political Science

Page: 468

View: 7570

Bestsellerautor Jeremy Rifkin entwirft in dieser mitreissenden Zivilisationsgeschichte ein grundlegend neues Menschenbild. Empathie war seit jeher prägend für das Schicksal der Zivilisation und sie wird für unsere Zukunft sogar entscheidend sein. Neue Erkenntnisse von Biologen und Hirnforschern zeigen: Kooperation siegt über Konkurrenz. Das Internet und die Kommunikationstechnologie haben Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft von Grund auf verändert. Wir müssen unseren Platz auf der Erde grundlegend neu definieren. Doch wir stehen vor einem historischen Dilemma: Die Evolution der Empathie ging einher mit der immer räuberischeren Plünderung unseres Planeten. Die entscheidende Frage, mit der sich die Menschheit jetzt konfrontiert sieht, lautet: Wird globale Empathie rechtzeitig erreicht sein, um den Zusammenbruch der Zivilisation abzuwenden?.

Die Workload im Bachelor: Zeitbudget und Studierverhalten.

Eine empirische Studie

Author: Rolf Schulmeister,Christiane Metzger

Publisher: Waxmann Verlag

ISBN: 9783830975168

Category: Education

Page: 361

View: 8895

Ausgehend von drastisch gestiegenen Abbrecherquoten und einer verstärkten Nachfrage nach Studien- und psychologischer Beratung stellt sich die Frage nach den Ursachen für diese Entwicklung, die in der Studie ZEITLast beleuchtet werden sollen. Der Diskurs über den Bachelor ist von widersprüchlichen Behauptungen bestimmt, deren Geltung erst durch empirische Forschung aufgeklärt werden kann. In Zeitbudget-Analysen, Befragungen, Interviews und Zeitmanagement-Seminaren wurde festgestellt, dass die Zeit, die Studierende in das Studium investieren, im Mittel viel geringer ist, als in früheren Befragungen ermittelt wurde, und weit unter den von Bologna geforderten Werten liegt. Studierenden, die über eine zu hohe Belastung klagen, ist in der Regel nicht bewusst, wie wenig Zeit sie für das Lernen aufgewendet haben: Subjektive Wahrnehmung von Lernzeit und tatsächlich investierter Lernaufwand fallen auseinander. Die Studie hat sich auch zu einer Methodenkritik an Befragungen entwickelt, da Befragungen offenbar Ergebnisse erbringen, die durch das Merkmal sozialer Erwünschtheit stark beeinflusst werden. Berücksichtigt wird außerdem der aktuelle Stand im US-amerikanischen Bildungssystem, wo hohe Abbrecherquoten und ein mangelndes „academic engagement“ ebenfalls an der Tagesordnung sind. Impulse gibt die Studie für alle im Bildungsbereich Tätigen, die sich nicht mit der vorurteilsbehafteten Kritik am Bachelor-Studium begnügen möchten, sondern die die dahinter stehenden Probleme erkennen und konstruktive Lösungen wie das von den Verfassern vorgeschlagene Modell einer Lehrorganisation mit geblockten Modulen und einem aktiven Selbststudium weiterentwickeln möchten.

The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education

Author: Leigh A. Bortins

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9780230107687

Category: Education

Page: 256

View: 7832

In the past, correct spelling, the multiplication tables, the names of the state capitals and the American presidents were basics that all children were taught in school. Today, many children graduate without this essential knowledge. Most curricula today follow a haphazard sampling of topics with a focus on political correctness instead of teaching students how to study. Leigh Bortins, a leading figure in the homeschooling community, is having none of it. She believes that there are core areas of knowledge that are essential to master. Without knowing the multiplication tables, children can't advance to algebra. Without mastery of grammar, students will have difficulty expressing themselves. Without these essential building blocks of knowledge, students may remember information but they will never possess a broad and deep understanding of how the world works. In The Core, Bortins gives parents the tools and methodology to implement a rigorous, thorough, and broad curriculum based on the classical model, including: - Rote memorization to cement knowledge - Systematic learning of geography, historical facts, and timelines - Reading the great books and seminal historical documents instead of adaptations and abridged editions - Rigorous training in math and the natural sciences

Traditions and Transitions

Curricula for German Studies

Author: John L. Plews,Barbara Schmenk

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 1554584671

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 414

View: 6230

Traditions and Transitions: Curricula for German Studies is a collection of essays by Canadian and international scholars on the topic of why and how the curriculum for post-secondary German studies should evolve. Its twenty chapters, written by international experts in the field of German as a foreign or second language, explore new perspectives on and orientations in the curriculum. In light of shifts in the linguistic and intercultural needs of today’s global citizens, these scholars in German studies question the foundations and motivations of common curriculum goals, traditional program content, standard syllabus design, and long-standing classroom practice. Several chapters draw on a range of contemporary theories—from critical applied linguistics, second-language acquisition, curriculum theory, and cultural studies—to propose and encourage new curriculum thinking and reflective practice related to the translingual and cross-cultural subjectivities of speakers, learners, and teachers of German. Other chapters describe and analyze specific examples of emerging trends in curriculum practice for learners as users of German. This volume will be invaluable to university and college faculty working in the discipline of German studies as well as in other modern languages and second-language education in general. Its combination of theoretical and descriptive explorations will help readers develop a critical awareness and understanding of curriculum for teaching German and to implement new approaches in the interests of their students.

Citizen Politics

Public Opinion and Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies

Author: Russell J. Dalton

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 1483321436

Category: Political Science

Page: 360

View: 2356

Now, more than ever, people drive the democratic process. What people think of their government and its leaders, how (or whether) they vote, and what they do or say about a host of political issues greatly affect the further strengthening or erosion of democracy and democratic ideals. This fully updated new sixth edition of Citizen Politics: Public Opinion and Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies, by Russell J. Dalton, continues to offer the only truly comparative study of political attitudes and behavior in the United States, Great Britain, France, and Germany. In addition to its comprehensive, thematic examination of political values, political activity, voting, and public images of government within a cross-national context, Citizen Politics explores new forms of political activity, such as Internet-based activism and new forms of political consumerism. All chapters have been updated with the latest research and empirical evidence. Further, Dalton includes new discussions of citizen sophistication and its implications for democratic citizenship.

Newsweek

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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Law School 2.0

Legal Education for a Digital Age

Author: David I. C. Thomson

Publisher: Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computers

Page: 158

View: 2040

What Millennials Want from Work: How to Maximize Engagement in Today’s Workforce

Author: Jennifer J. Deal,Alec Levenson

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071843329

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 9211

The most comprehensive, in-depth look at Millennials to date—essential for managers, HR professionals, and global business leaders seeking to align long-term organizational goals with the realities of the new workforce Millennials have been burdened with a reputation as spoiled, lazy, and entitled, but the reality behind the stereotype is far richer and more complex. Who are Millennials and what do they really want? Based on fieldwork and survey data from global research on more than 25,000 Millennials and 29,000 older workers in 22 countries, this book paints a comprehensive, scientifically accurate picture of what really motivates Millennials around the world. Learn how to get the most from Millennials by: • Improving workplace flexibility—because Millennials don’t separate life and work • Providing adequate support and feedback—because Millennials like to learn and grow • Coaching, not micromanaging—because Millennials value autonomy • Designing competitive salary structures—because Millennials know what’s up • Providing opportunities to contribute to society—because Millennials care about doing good Millennials want a satisfying job that pays well, coworkers they like and trust, advancement opportunities, and the occasional pat on the back. Who doesn’t want those things? This essential book explains who Millennials really are, and offers practical advice to help those who manage, lead, and work with Millennials to improve teamwork, increase productivity, strengthen organizational culture, and build a robust talent pipeline. Jennifer J. Deal is a senior research scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership and an affiliated research scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California. Alec Levenson is a senior research scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Choice

Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Academic libraries

Page: N.A

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E-migranci. Pół roku bez internetu. telefonu i telewizji

Author: Susan Maushart

Publisher: Otwarte

ISBN: 832403093X

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

View: 1499

"Zrób sobie jeden dzień offline, „technologiczny detoks”, prawdziwy survival i sprawdź czy potrafisz żyć bez komórki i internetu! Książka napisana przez dziennikarkę, która wraz z trójką swoich dzieci na pół roku całkowicie odcięła się od nowoczesnych technologii – internetu, smartfonów, telewizji i konsoli, a przez pierwszy tydzień nawet od elektryczności. Opisała przebieg i skutki tego pasjonującego eksperymentu, który w zaskakujący i błyskotliwy sposób ukazuje, jak nowe technologie wpływają na nasze życie. To nie jest książka skierowana przeciwko nim i wygodzie, jaką zapewniają, to jest książka o tym, jak mieć nad tym wszystkim kontrolę i nie stracić najważniejszych w życiu bezpośrednich relacji z innymi ludźmi. "

Adolescents and Digital Literacies

Learning Alongside Our Students

Author: Sara B. Kajder

Publisher: National Council of Teachers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 119

View: 3971

The Unbound Book

Author: Joost Kircz,Adriaan van der Weel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Book industries and trade

Page: 168

View: 3708

What might the digital revolution we're currently living through mean for conventional paper books? Is there a future for the long-form text at all? At the onset of the digital deluge, books had evolved into the perfect reading machine. In the screen era, technology increasingly and emphatically foregrounds itself in the digital reading experience. It is one thing to identify what we lose in the process (which is a natural human tendency), but quite another and, it might be argued, an ultimately more fruitful one, to identify how that screen technology might shape the activities for which we always used to use paper. Screen technology is likely to determine our learning and entertainment habits. Indeed, the 'industrial' forms of reading that may be performed by the computer have a very tenuous relationship to what we have always understood by the term. Awareness of the issues, and eventually new insights, are essential if we want screen technology to offer a digital future to the long-form text

Digital Natives & Digital Immigrants

Author: Johann Günther

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3706544091

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

View: 5391

Johann Günther zeigt die Vor- und Nachteile einer rasant fortschreitenden technischen Entwicklung pointiert auf. Er untersucht ausführlich die gesellschaftlichen Veränderungen und psychischen Belastungen der Menschen, aber auch die Machtstrukturen innerhalb einer technisierten Welt. Das soziale Netzwerk des einzelnen Menschen verliert durch technische Hilfsmittel an Bedeutung, so seine These; die logische Folge ist zunehmende Vereinsamung beziehungsweise Steigerung des egoistischen Denkens auf der einen und Kontakt mit immer mehr Menschen auf der anderen Seite.

Die letzte Sure

Roman

Author: Zoë Ferraris

Publisher: Piper Verlag

ISBN: 3492964591

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 5827

Als Nouf, die jüngste Tochter einer angesehenen Familie aus Dschidda, spurlos verschwindet, bittet ihr Bruder Othman seinen besten Freund, den Wüstenführer Nayir, um Hilfe. Das Mädchen wurde offensichtlich in einem Wadi umgebracht. Nayir, der lange unter Beduinen gelebt hat, versucht dem rätselhaften Verbrechen auf die Spur zu kommen. Dabei stößt er auf eine Mauer des Schweigens und an die Grenzen der Gesetze und Traditionen der arabischen Gesellschaft. Mehr noch: In der Begegnung mit der fortschrittlichen Pathologin Katya, die ihm bei den Ermittlungen hilft, wird er sich der Enge seines Glaubens und seiner bisher verdrängten Sehnsüchte bewusst.