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Monday, May 30, 2016

The Dumbest Generation

An interesting TED talk by Mark Bauerlein about the effect that social media is having on our children.

Our students are doing more reading, writing and texting than any other generation.  The proliferation of smart devices has meant that students are using and dealing with language acquisition more than ever. But has that resulted in better academic and workplace skills? Mark Bauerlein would argue that the increase of remedial writing and research classes at the tertiary level is just one bit of evidence to support the decline of intellectual rigour in teenagers. 

Have a listen to his talk. Do you agree?


Bauerlein, M. (2013). Language, age segregation and digital teens. Presentation, TEDxWakeForestU. Viewed at

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