Redeemer Classical School (located in Keezletown, Virginia)1 has arranged for Ken Myers to present a lecture this coming Friday (May 14, 2010) on Growing up in a Digital Nation: Modern Technology in the Lives of our Children.
Friday, May 14, 2010, at 7:30pm
Massanutten Presbyterian Church
50 Indian Trail, Penn Laird, VA
Admission is free and all are welcome.
From the announcement:
Ken Myers is the host and producer of the Mars Hill Audio Journal, a bimonthly audio magazine that examines issues in contemporary culture from a framework shaped by Christian conviction. Ken is an accomplished author and editor as well as a contributor for a variety of periodicals including The Wilson Quarterly, First Things, and The Washington Times. He also worked at National Public Radio for eight years, much of that time as arts and humanities editor for Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He lectures frequently at colleges, universities, and churches around the nation.
I have enjoyed Ken’s thoughtful reflections about life on the Mars Hill Audio Journal2, so I anticipate this lecture on technology and children to be interesting and thought provoking. I use technology quite a bit in my personal life and have done a lot of my own thinking about the benefits and costs of technological advances. It can be easy to either fully embrace or reject all technology, and yet neither extreme is truly good for us. Finding a balance in which we can adapt to and benefit from technology without losing ourselves to it (i.e., serving it instead of making it serve us) is important and also very tricky. I look forward to hearing what Ken has to offer in this realm.
- About Classical Education: One of the things that I appreciate about the “classical eduction” model is how it seeks to match up methods of teaching with how a child’s brain naturally develops. For example, think about the difference between a child in elementary school versus a child in high school. The younger child is not yet able to think abstractly, but can soak up facts and figures like a sponge. As this child comes into adolescence their ability to absorb new information has diminished (comparatively) and they are instead developing abilities to think and express themselves in new ways. Many parents experience this as their teenager being argumentative and rebellious, but part of what is going on for the teen is they are growing new parts of their brain and they are trying out these new abilities every chance they get (not unlike how a toddler increases their mobility as they get better at crawling, standing, walking, etc.). You can read more about classical education at the Redeemer Classical School website. ↩
- Mars Hill Audio ↩
Doodling, Dishes and the BrainAudience: General
Resources from Ken Myers Lecture on Technology and ChildrenAudience: Christians, General, Parents