Sunday, May 4, 2008

It's time for your bedtime story. Here's your iPod.

Sunday mornings are completely technology free for me. I actually sit and read the newspaper. I don't surf to Star Tribune on the Internet. I actually open the front door, pick up the newspaper, make hot chocolate and sit down to read the newspaper. I start with the ads and comics. Then, move on to the rest of the paper, reading in whatever order the newspaper comes in.

I got to the Nation section and this headline jumped at me: The new summer reading: Bedtime stories now available on children's iPods. Feel free to read the whole article linked in the title.

To quote the article:
The American Library Association recommends reading every day to children who are not yet in school.

Seriously, do people really not read to their children? I can't remember a day in the last 3 years that I haven't read to my son. If Ian has friends over, I usually end up reading to them too. This seems like a no-brainer, read to your kids.
(Don) Katz says he isn't aiming to discourage parents from reading to their children. But with kids so fully embracing the digital age, he believes it's the best way to reach them.

Really? The best way to reach them? REALLY? (Imagine that last "really" being said by Jim Carey in pretty much any of his movies.) I'm all for technology helping students learn. iPods, digital cameras, SmartBoards, and everything else do make a difference. But they are not the best way to reach kids.

Okay, parents, pick up a book, magazine, newspaper, junk mail catalog, or cereal box and read to your kids. READ! An MP3 player can't replace a dad's voice reading Lily's Purple Plastic Purse while a small boy listens intently and munches on animal crackers.

Just to prove that I do believe in the power of the iPod, check out this blog post by a teaching friend of mine. Ironic that she blogged about iPods in education just a couple of days before I vent about iPods taking over bedtime.

Go read a book...to a child!

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