Stop the Bibliophiles

“At what age should you buy your kids their first computer?”

My sister, my mom and my aunt are all elementary school level educators, so I like teasing them with questions like these during Christmas diner. All I got was blank stares.

I happily pointed out that blackboards are rapidly being replaced by Smartboards in schools all over the country. Kids take their presentations to school in the form of a powerpoint file saved on USB sticks these days.

That must have struck a nerve with my aunt:“If we’re not careful, kids will end up staring at computer screens all day instead of reading real books!”

She nearly got me there because I like books. I like the way they feel, the way they smell and the way they look standing neatly shoulder to shoulder on a bookshelf.  Most of all books are brain-food. Many of us grew up with the idea that owning many books is a sign of a proper education (much like reading the right kind of newspapers.)

A dangerous idea has been entrenched itself in our minds: our kids need books. To insist kids need books isn’t just elitist, it’s potentially destructive. Just like clay tablets,  papyrus and leather-bound calligraphy before them books are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. As we speak books are being replaced by laptops and e-readers.

Still many well intending parents and educators are spending a lot of energy preparing kids to live in a world of books – a world that no longer exists. These kids are doomed. Bibliophiles are wreaking havoc on a generation.

Shouldn’t we commit all our energy preparing our kids to thrive and compete in tomorrow’s world instead?

2 Replies to “Stop the Bibliophiles”

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