Its sort of like cars. We *worked* on cars. We didn’t just drive them. We open it up, change parts, clean the carburetor. We know how it works. We can tell when something is wrong by the sound of the engine, how the car leans, how it reacted just a second slower than yesterday. We weren’t just drivers. We owe that 4-wheeled mechanical beast and tamed it.
Likewise, we *worked* on computers. We didn’t just use them. We open it up, change parts, clean out the rubbish physically and electronically. We know how it works. We can tell when something is wrong by the sound of the fan, how the mouse acts, how it reacted just a half a second slower than yesterday. We weren’t just users. We owe that electronic monstrosity and tamed it.
The grumpy old man in me still think some things are basic and must be learned. I still think our kids need to know how to change a tire. I still think our kids need to know how to work a computer. I still think our kids need to know how to think for themselves.
I was very excited when she started to have computer classes. I thought to myself, “Awesome! She’s going to have a head start! I didn’t touch my first keyboard until I was in high school and we had to pay money for the lesson. She’s start in 1st grade.” I was in tears.
6 years later, I am still in tears… on what she hadn’t learn.
Yes, child, file has size. Some are big some are small. Like fruits, you can’t put a 100 apples in a grocery bag. They won’t fit. You can’t put 100 GB of files in a 16 GB flash drive.
Yes child, network allows the computers in the house to talk to each others. Not everything has to be shared in iCloud.
Yes child, you have the CD. You can rip the music to your iTunes and sync them to your iPad. You don’t have to buy them *again* in iTunes. Its called fair use.
Yes child, you have you backup your files, have anti-virus running, read the messages instead of just clicking ok on everything.
Yes child, you have to pay attention to what you are doing. I’m not always going to be here to tell you what to click next. At some point, your mother and I are not going to be next to you. You have to learn how to do these things yourself. And that means asking questions. When you are told to click this, ask why. When you are told to click that, ask what it is doing.
Are you going to just do what others tell you to do?
McDonald’s has a set menu, is that all you get to eat? Or are you going to learn how to cook and make your own food?
GPS can give you driving instruction but is that the only route you are going to drive? Or are you going to learn your way around?
Oh yeah, car needs gas and maintenance. You might not be able to make gas but are you going to learn maintenance?
The media and everyone complains about gluten, ozone, plastic, immunization, ObamaCare, and what have you. Are you going to listen to what everyone else said or are you going to learn the facts, the politics, the sides, and the *real* reasons on your own and form your own opinion?
Don’t just eat whatever you are fed! See behind the Apple, the McDonald’s, the green people, the government. Learn beyond what to click but why and what eating gluten will or will not do to you.
Don’t be a consumer.