Computers Can’t Cover Laziness

The Bible says that love covers a multitude of sins. Some educators need to be reminded: computers aren’t granted the same benefits.

Another quote from Heather Macdonald’s excellent Washington Examiner piece:

To be sure, all students today need computer skills. That is a different proposition, however, from thinking that using computers to convey knowledge can compensate for a lack of self-discipline, perseverance, and a desire to learn (or, failing such a desire, fear of the consequences for not doing so).

In other words, parents, teachers, and administrators, don’t expect technology to cover up for the fact that you haven’t trained, motivated, and disciplined your children/students to learn. Don’t throw your teaching responsibilities in front of a television, like a teenage baby-sitter who can’t handle playing with children not her own.

As Macdonald deftly observes, too many parents and schools confuse the necessity of technology skills with the necessity of technology-based education. But purely tech-ed doesn’t change anything about a child’s inherent laziness; it only gives him a slicker outlet.

Learning is hard work, and all of this insistence on touch-screens, vibrant colors, and “larger than life” activities only obscures the fact that students don’t like hard work. But learning has always been and will always be hard work, so the motivation must come from within, as Jesus taught, not from without.

Teach a student why he should love learning, and he’ll love learning for life. Teach him how to play on an Ipad, and he’ll be content to do just that, sitting in his parents’ basement for ten hours a day deep into middle age.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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