This is up in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in Canada. Apparently a first grade teacher, Kathy Cassidy, posted a YouTube video about how her students at Westmount School – her six and seven year-old students – are learning how to read and write using Twitter.
But hey I’m sure they’re focused on STEM and are going to be “career-ready.” They just won’t be able to spell or string sentences longer than 140 characters together.
Hopefully this will not be a trend that heads south, but I’m not going to hold my breath.
Maybe Twitter can be considered “informational text.”
By the way, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter. Following us will be both informative and insightful. But we won’t use it to teach you how to read and write.
Shane Vander Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Caffeinated Thoughts, a popular Christian conservative blog in Iowa. He is also the President of 4:15 Communications, a social media & communications consulting/management firm, along with serving as the communications director for American Principles Project’s Preserve Innocence Initiative. Prior to this Shane spent 20 years in youth ministry serving in church, parachurch, and school settings. He has taught Jr. High History along with being the Dean of Students for Christian school in Indiana. Shane and his wife home school their three teenage children and have done so since the beginning. He has recently been recognized by Campaigns & Elections Magazine as one of the top political influencers in Iowa. Shane and his family reside near Des Moines, IA. You can connect with Shane on Facebook, follow him on Twitter or connect with him on Google +.
"The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social
decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor."