From Hänschen to digital Hans
Pregaphone was just a (crude) attempt to turn the development of small geniuses into efficient railways. It plays skillfully with the desire for perfection, the longing to put the perfect child into the world.
Today, the phrase "Hänschen does not learn, Hans never learns what Hänschen does not learn." Which means: Nothing can collapse early enough on the offspring - and a "Frühförderindustrie" (Ralph Schumacher) provides offers, the Hänschen on to prepare the fight for survival.
The temptations of the early-spring industry
And this fight is being fought more and more with computers. Therefore, the advertising card always stings the education card, for example, the product "My first laptop", recommended for the age group 12 to 36 months.
This brightly colored ugliness made of plastic "offers varied fun and learning fun for little explorers," says the manufacturer. The toddler only presses on colored buttons, and corresponding symbols light up in a display. "Numerous melodies and a sung song provide additional entertainment," it continues in the advertisement. "With the mobile children's mouse, the fine motor skills of your child are further promoted."
The first laptop - good for development?
Those who do not yet buckle and press the buy button should convince the following arguments: The product is good for the "language development", the "sensory perception" and "exploration urge and curiosity." Everything under the heading: "For the development of your child". Who can say no?
But we say: no. Our thesis is: A childhood without a computer is the best start to the digital age. Paradox? Confusing? Yes, but in the course of this series we will show how this statement can be substantiated.
A childhood without a computer - the best start into the digital world
We will think about how Hänschen develops into a Hans who sovereign deals with digital media - and knows how to exploit the great opportunities of digitality. Because for us: "What Hans does not learn, Hans can calmly learn." The buzzword of deceleration should hold in the educational debate, because especially digital media can undermine learning processes with their speed, overstimulation and superficiality.
And especially for small children: "If you explain something to them, they just go to sleep," explains neurobiologist Prof. Gertraud Teuchert-Noodt, "and this sleep is very important, because a lot of it happens in the brain." The success learning is dependent on an "inner rhythm", slowness in the learning process is an advantage. Anyone who mixes up this rhythm will no longer be able to "put school classes on the right track for an hour," according to the emeritus neurobiologist.
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