The Raising of Children in a Digital Age
Maryanne shares an interesting story about her experience trying to film for us in the Vatican and provides further insight into Letters 5 and 6.
Welcome to Letter 5 of Reader, Come Home
In this Letter, Dr. Wolf explores working memory and what we lose if we give ourselves over to the “grasshopper mind,” and rely only on information without developing knowledge.
For the virtual book study, read Letter 5 of Reader, Come Home, watch the roundtable discussion video, and answer the following discussion questions.
“What we attend to and how we attend make all the difference in how we think.” What are the implications of a 3-to-5 year old being on a digital device four hours a day? What else could be done with that time or brain-share?
“No self-respecting internal review board at any university would allow a researcher to do what our culture has already done with no adjudication or previous evidence: introduce..quasi-addictive, attention-compelling devices without knowing the possible side effects and ramifications for the subject (our kids!)” What do you see as direct side effects?
Ready to explore deeper? Enjoy our full Letter 5 lecture.
Reader, Come Home Virtual Book Study Letters:
- Letter 1: Reading, the Canary in the Mind
- Letter 2: Under the Big Top: An Unusual View of the Reading Brain
- Letter 3: Deep Reading: Is It Endangered?
- Letter 4: “What Will Become of the Readers We Have Been?”
- Letter 5: The Raising of Children in a Digital Age
- Letter 6: From Laps to Laptops in the First Five Years- Don’t Move Too Fast
- Letter 7: The Science and Poetry in Learning (and Teaching) to Read
- Letters 8 & 9: Building a Biliterate Brain & Reader, Come Home
- Concluding Livestream by Dr. Wolf on March 12 at 7pm ET