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What a summer!  Heat, dry, fires... No one wants to head outside.  So we sit.  Looking out at the hazy sky.


With the weather starting to cool off a bit, the rains and breeze cleansing our air... let us now tune in to The Great Outdoors!


The More High-Tech Education Becomes, The More Nature Our Children Need

I once met an instructor who trained young people to become the pilots of cruise ships. He described the two kinds of students he encounters. One kind grew up mainly indoors, spending hours playing video games and working on computers. These students are quick to learn the ship's electronics, a useful talent, the instructor explained. The other kind of student grew up spending a lot of time outdoors, often in nature. They, too, have a talent. "They actually know where the ship is."
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He wasn't being cute. Recent studies of the human senses back that statement up. "We need people who have both ways of knowing the world," he added.
Currently, the force of economics is on the side of technology and standardized efficiency.
Optimistic researchers suggest that multitasking is creating the smartest generation yet, freed from limitations of geography, weather, and distance-pesky inconveniences of the physical world.
Others are skeptical, if not hostile to technology. In his book The Dumbest Generation, Mark Bauerlein, a professor at Emory University, reels out studies comparing this generation of students with prior generations, reporting "they don't know any more history or civics, economics or science, literature or current events"- despite all that available information. Other researchers believe that people who experience too much technology in their formative years experience stunted development of the frontal lobe, "ultimately freezing them in teen brain mode," as Maclean's magazine put it.
Here's a third possibility, what I call the hybrid mind. The ultimate multitasking is to live simultaneously in both the digital and physical worlds, using computers to maximize our powers to process intellectual data and natural environments to ignite our senses and accelerate our ability to learn and feel-combining the resurfaced "primitive" powers of our ancestors with the digital speed of our teenagers.

Want Students to Learn? Ignite the senses now

Scientists who study human perception no longer assume we have only five senses: taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing. The number now ranges from a conservative 10 to as many as 30...

In our house, with one teenager and one pre-teen, the battle comes in the form of "cell phone use".  How many times do I harken back to the days of cord-phones - and even the days before answering machines?  Do we really need to be in instant contact with our friends, work, and the rest of the world?

My kids seem to think so, and it requires mentoring, moderating, and modeling from me.  Mentoring: teaching and training in the use of this powerful technology.  Moderating: when to use the cell phone, when not to, and how to use it appropriately (i.e., never text your emotions!). Modeling: I need to put my phone down, too!  

Let's help our teens experience REAL life - tangible, refreshing, and healthy relationships with people and appreciation for nature!

God's best to you,

Ed Kaczmarek 
Executive Director 

In this September Issue:

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Every month our chapter sends out a paper newsletter with completely different articles, YFC news updates and shares stories of lives changed through the involvement of our ministry leaders and their sharing of Christ's love. 

FOOD for thought... 

Psalm 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God; 
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.


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