Some of the talk in D.C. the last few weeks centered on passing on the national debt to our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The irony is that our future generations may be on government disability due to the technology that has changed the educational playing field.
For example a number of schools are doing away with books (bye bye Borders) and mandating the use of i-Pads for students. Students are mandated to use computers to complete their studies which means lots of typing on real and virtual keyboards in addition to leisure time texting on minature key boards.
As many of us know, there are thousands of secretaries now suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome and neck and back injuries because of their years of typing. Just think of the eye strain and neck injuries future generations will endure as they pour over i-Pads and Mac Books to complete their studies.
It will interesting to see how these children that do not embrace exercise in deference to gaming and texting will endure into adulthood with a variety of educational type worker's comp ailments.
I only make these comments thinking about the demise of books and other old school tools of education when they announced the closing of Borders and other book stores. I know many complain about book bags and nap sacks with their effect on children's backs and necks, but a world without books?
What is next a virtual Bible, Torah, or Koran?