So will the solution be in old ways and relying on paper books and notebooks, or can we not resist technological development?
Sweden’s Minister of Schools, Lotta Edholm, said children’s ability to read has deteriorated and their writing skills have weakened, and there are many reasons, the most important of which is their increased reliance on tablets and spending a lot of time in front of screens.
The Swedish Minister of Schools, under the supervision of the Minister of Education, had embarked some time ago on a reform of the country’s education system.
It should be noted that Sweden is not among the top ten in the world for the quality of education index and comes after Germany, Finland, Iceland, New Zealand and Norway.
As for the solutions, they go through a new government policy, represented by the return to paper books and the use of notebooks and paper pens by pupils in their schools, at a cost of more than 685 million Swedish crowns, that is to say more than $60 million to implement this policy.
This decision runs counter to many studies and results from other countries, which see the need to switch to modern technological methods to advance the level of education of students.
Commenting on the subject, education expert, Muhammad Khalil Musa said during his interview with the morning show on “Sky News Arabia”:
• The decision is bold and strange, because it contradicts the technological development in the world.
• It is supposed to intervene today in the field of education on distance education and artificial intelligence.
• The current trend is to combine electronic and traditional teaching, which is not compatible with Sweden’s decision to return to teaching through books.
• The decision to return books completely is economically costly, although it is experimental at the primary level.
• The decision has advantages and disadvantages from the point of view of educators.
• The use of digital tablets and smart phones in education does not improve reading skills.
• The presence of visual distraction and harmful radiation for the child when browsing the Internet, losing attention and concentration.
• Despite what studies have shown about the difference in orientation between the old and the new generation, this does not call for a return to teaching through books.
• There is a decline in the level of writing in children due to lack of interest in reading.
• Educational advisors see this decision as a partial return to improving the child’s skills.
• The need to recognize the power of technology and artificial intelligence in human life and in the construction of the personality and mental development of the child.
• The absence of serious programs that help bridge the gap between technology and reading skills, which tend to be marginalized.
• In front of what the student acquires by using technology in terms of listening and receiving skills, but in the meantime he loses the skills of reading, writing and speaking, to be limited to short phrases and sentences .
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