I think its already frightening that their parents AND grandparents are unable to do simple maths. The things we learnt (uncomplaining) by rote have lasted all our lives. People are amazed that I still can do mental arithmetic faster than they can get answers on their calculators. They say ‘why bother’ and I say ‘But how do you know you have pressed the right keys when you have no idea what the answer should be?’ It really begs the question of how many errors – deliberate or otherwise – are being made in financial matters even at high levels.
I was at doctors this morning and a mother with her daughter were also waiting, the daughter was about two, engrossed with her little I pad? mother was pointing out various things on the screen I don’t know if it was just pictures or a game, but if pictures if must be a help for later reading?
I remember when our eldest son was about two, we cut all these pictures out of papers and magazines pasted them up and every so often would ask him where is the car, truck , dog, cat, house etc, and so on ,we did that with our other children as well We feel it certainly helped them with reading and so on, so an Ipad would be the same maybe???
Re this staring at mobile phones etc, we have two grand children- boys -that spend most of their time playing games on their phones etc, drives their fathers mad, both have now been banned from using their phones during the week, one boy in final year at school his marks have fallen way off much to fathers disgust. At least they do play a team sport on weekend.