Norwegian society is in the midst of a comprehensive digitalisation process whose front line is primary education. Developments have taken place without research into or examination of the consequences for either education or public health. The compulsory introduction of iPads for children as young as six is happening entirely without parental involvement, debate or any kind of qualified knowledge, claims architect, editor and father of three, Gaute Brochman.
Digital Guinea Pigs attempts to trace the history and reasoning behind the choices that are made, to give a status report on the current situation – and to foresee the future consequences of an increasingly digitalised school life. The result is a hard-hitting polemic that will spark heated discussions around dinner tables and force the politicians responsible to answer for their choices. Is it really true that the children of today need more digital expertise? Or is it rather the case that they already possess this expertise and are in sore need of other, complementary skills, such as the capacity for deep thinking and prolonged concentration?
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