The principles of adult learning are founded on the notion that as we age, having a purpose behind learning becomes much more important. When we’re young, we are more likely to accept that the future may yield an unforeseeable need for the information we’re absorbing. We believe in the need for a well-rounded education, even if we can’t see an immediate need for certain pieces of information.
Not Everyone is Just Like You
When you think about the tattered, ancient textbooks kids have been bringing home from school for decades, it’s incredible the rate at which public institutions of education are spending money on technology lately. Schools are concerned about the ubiquity of technology creating even larger gaps between socioeconomic groups where those who have it are running miles ahead, while those who don’t are left farther and farther behind.
But it’s more than that; there is a belief that smartboards, iPads, chromebooks, etc., inherently drive engagement in learning. We see people everywhere unable to tear themselves away from the virtual world long enough to cross the street or have dinner with a friend, so we assume that it must be technology itself that is addictive. Unfortunately, this mindset leads to a lot of readily available technology that remains under-utilized or abused because professionals lack the training for how to maximize its potential.