"The remarkable collapse of children’s engagement with nature – which is
even faster than the collapse of the natural world – is recorded in
Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods, and in a report published
recently by the National Trust. Since the 1970s the area in which
children may roam without supervision has decreased by almost 90%.
In one generation the proportion of children regularly playing in wild
places in the UK has fallen from over half to fewer than one in ten.
In the US, in just six years (1997-2003) children with particular
outdoor hobbies fell by half. Eleven to 15 year-olds in Britain now
spend, on average, half their waking day in front of a screen. The young people we might have expected to lead the defence of nature have less and less to do with it." Read more.
"The chief technology officer of eBay sends his children to a nine-classroom school here. So do employees of Silicon Valley giants like Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard. But the school’s chief teaching tools are anything but high-tech: pens and paper, knitting needles and, occasionally, mud. Not a computer to be found. No screens at all. They are not allowed in the classroom, and the school even frowns on their use at home."
"There are modes of learning and thinking that at the moment are only
available from actual books. There is a kind of deep-dive,
meditative reading that’s almost impossible to do on a screen. Without
books, students are more likely to do the grazing or quick reading that
screens enable, rather than be by themselves with the author’s ideas." Read: Welcome to the library. Say goodbye to the books (via). See (and print...) also this 75-page essay: "Hamlet's Blackberry: why paper is eternal".