Good read: Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus

 

This article on Mindshift isn’t anti-technology, but raises the issue of the importance of focus in learning:

“Perhaps the most well known study on concentration is a longitudinal study conducted with over 1,000 children in New Zealand by Terrie Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi, psychology and neuroscience professors at Duke University. The study tested children born in 1972 and 1973 regularly for eight years, measuring their ability to pay attention and to ignore distractions. Then, the researchers tracked those same children down at the age of 32 to see how well they faired in life. The ability to concentrate was the strongest predictor of success.”

The conclusion is clear:

“I don’t think the enemy is digital devices,” Goleman said. “What we need to do is be sure that the current generation of children has the attentional capacities that other generations had naturally before the distractions of digital devices. It’s about using the devices smartly but having the capacity to concentrate as you need to, when you want to.”

Read the whole article here.

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