For many years, Silicon Valley parents (aka tech inventors) have been sending their kids to private low-tech schools and limiting their use of tech, whereas other American families are being told that providing “high tech” educations is what’s best for their kids.  An increasing number of experts and studies continue to warn that this is definitely NOT best for kids (see 123), and it’s not just about eye damage (see 12) from excessive screen use.

When students at a private school in Australia were given a choice between a high-tech education or no-tech education, they chose no-tech.  When American families aren’t given a choice, some are removing their kids from schools.  From The New York Times:

The seed of rebellion was planted in classrooms. It grew in kitchens and living rooms, in conversations between students and their parents.

It culminated when Collin Winter, 14, an eighth grader in McPherson, Kan., joined a classroom walkout in January. In the nearby town of Wellington, high schoolers staged a sit-in. Their parents organized in living rooms, at churches and in the back of machine repair shops. They showed up en masse to school board meetings. In neighborhoods with no political yard signs, homemade signs with dark red slash marks suddenly popped up.

Silicon Valley had come to small-town Kansas schools — and it was not going well.

“I want to just take my Chromebook back and tell them I’m not doing it anymore,” said Kallee Forslund, 16, a 10th grader in Wellington.

Eight months earlier, public schools near Wichita had rolled out a web-based platform and curriculum from Summit Learning. The Silicon Valley-based program promotes an educational approach called “personalized learning,” which uses online tools to customize education. The platform that Summit provides was developed by Facebook engineers. It is funded by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and his wife, Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician.


Then, students started coming home with headaches and hand cramps. Some said they felt more anxious. One child began having a recurrence of seizures. Another asked to bring her dad’s hunting earmuffs to class to block out classmates because work was now done largely alone.

“We’re allowing the computers to teach and the kids all looked like zombies,” said Tyson Koenig, a factory supervisor in McPherson, who visited his son’s fourth-grade class. In October, he pulled the 10-year-old out of the school.

In a school district survey of McPherson middle school parents released this month, 77 percent of respondents said they preferred their child not be in a classroom that uses Summit. More than 80 percent said their children had expressed concerns about the platform.

The resistance in Kansas is part of mounting nationwide opposition to Summit


Parents of special-needs students noticed problems immediately. Amy Jackson, a night-shift nurse in Wellington, has a daughter, Megan, 12, who has epilepsy and whose neurologist recommended she limit screen time to 30 minutes a day to reduce seizures. Since the school started using Summit, Megan has had seizures multiple times a day.


Some parents said they worried about their children’s data privacy.

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Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22 --- --- “If you have not built a home, if you do not have a husband, if you do not have a baby, and you are turning 30, and you’re not in some incredibly secure, stable place in your career, or you’re still figuring things out… There’s just this incredible amount of anxiety." Source: The Independent The expectation to have everything she has stated is prominent in our society and unfortunately has made its way into the church. I speak as someone who idolised the thought of having a career and measured my worth by it for many years. Christians have asked me if I rent or buy, if I am having anymore children, and seem to be very interested to find out what I do for a living when they meet me. I know single friends have experienced similar, probing questions about their relationship status. This is all heightened by social media comparisons of family pictures, holidays, possessions, image and more. Sometimes it is hard to see how we are living any differently than those around us. Am I being uptight? I hope not. Nothing is wrong with being single or married, renting or buying, having a career or a different path entirely. However, when any one of those things becomes something we think we should be or have, and are expected and/or entitled to have, we have forgotten that, as Christians, knowing Jesus and being in a relationship with Him is where our true identity and purpose is found. This is the most important thing. He is the one who meets our deepest needs and longings any and every single time. Christians should live with an eternal perspective in mind. The temporary things of this earth will pass away, but God's words will never pass away (Luke 21:33). I would love to see more Christians encourage one another to know Jesus more and to practically love others with this same grace that Jesus has lavished on us. Maybe that will help in addressing some of the stress and anxiety found elsewhere in our lives and the lives of those around us. Christians have good news to share and should be living transformed lives made possible by the work of the Holy Spirit in us. We should be known for our love for God and others. It's worth remembering that Jesus was single and a carpenter by trade before starting His ministry at 30. He met with the poorest, sick and those on the margins of society. He sent His disciples out into the world with no possessions and made it clear that they would have to deny themselves, take up their cross and follow Him (Matthew 16:24). He warned them that they would have trouble in the world, but to take heart because He has overcome the world (John 16:33). Whether we have ticked the box of home, husband/wife, children, career or whatever else we are trying to accomplish in life, the only box that needs to be marked is 'follow Jesus'. And that is marked by His cross. It is His work that brings us a full, abundant life. There is nothing we can do. He loves us immeasurably more than we can imagine. We need to fix our eyes on Him. We do not have to jump through endless hoops in life to be a success or to win God's favour. There is absolutely nothing we can do, but it is all because of Jesus who has made a way for all people to come to Him through the cross. We can have an abundant life in Him which satisfies the deepest longing and searching of our heart. It is a longing, a hunger, a thirst in ourselves that can only be met through Jesus. Come to Him today and He will fill you with His peace if you turn to Him. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians - Emma Watson this could be, should be, so it is now. by David Buckle be secure in life, know there is more than meets the eye TRUST GOD ALWAYS % God Does Not Want You To Try Harder, He Wants You To Trust Him % ._ --__ -_ __- -__ _- -__ __- _-_ -=- / hold on for a minute, cool? dig Maynard:

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