Most of us these days don’t bother with writing letters—instead we send updates on social media, or write to each other in short texts. How are Facebook and Twitter affecting our writing? For younger people who are still learning their language skills along with these technologies, is their writing better or worse for the experience? English teacher Jessica Lahey of New Hampshire believes that writing skills are being eroded by things like Facebook. English teacher Andrew Simmons of California says he sees his student's writing improving from social media.
It's good for the kids!
All this week, we’ve been talking about how students are learning today, both in and out of the classroom. Our conversations have looked at cell phones as educational tools, and at whether college students are studying less now than they did forty years ago. Today, we take a closer look at the study habits of primary and middle school students. In the past several years, a growing number of parents, teachers, and researchers have argued that kids are being assigned too much homework. After eight hours in school, they wonder if studying for hours at home afterward is really necessary.