Fatherhood in a Technological World – Message #26
This is a followup on my last message related to home schooling and the question of how important is it to involve children in the use of technology to enhance their education and to prepare them for life and a career.
What I am explaining in the video is not an indictment against the use of technology, however, I can cite an example in my own professional education where technology wasn’t necessary in the training phase in preparation in two of three professions I will describe.
Integrated Circuit Layout Designers use CAD technology on a daily basis. However, all the fundamentals and practical application can be taught without computers. In 1989 when I attended school, some courses featured inexpensive PC-based software or used an actual copy of what was used in the industry. The course I attended was one of the older schools and trained student the old way, which actually has some benefits, in my opinion. SInce there is no standard from company to company, there’s no guarantee you’ll use the same software. I speak about this profession in the video.
Apparently, I am attracted to low tech methods of doing things, as a Licensed Acupuncturist trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) also falls squarely into the category of being void of modern technology. Applying an acupuncture needle or prescribing an herbal formula for a health condition doesn’t require me to run the patient through a machine assess their condition.
Naturally, modern technology, including electric stimulation for treatment or referring out for X-Rays, and MRI’s are examples of useful technology to gain more clarity of patient conditions. Referring to information on the internet can be helpful but not required. There are times when a patient needs an urgent referral to a western doctor or to the emergency room, so modern TCM doctors need to recognize those symptoms which could be life threatening.
Lastly, my experience in the U.S. Navy as a Submarine Sonar Technician and supervisor required the proficient use of many shipboard systems and it required extensive training to learn advanced techniques to repair and operate the sonar equipment onboard a submarine. In this case, however, all the job specific training was provided by the Navy. To qualify for what was called the Advanced Electronics Program in 1980, you had to pass an Armed Services Vocational Battery exam or ASVAB. It tested various academic knowledge and attention to detail.
As with many jobs and professions, what usually determines how successful someone becomes in the military or where ever they may be, has less to do with ones former or current proficiency with technology, but rather fundamentals like character, hard work, a willingness and ability to learn and being able to work well as a team member.
Just some food for thought.
About Fatherhood in a Technological World
Fathers of young children in today’s modern society are facing unprecedented challenges with the wave of technology allowing ever easier access to the internet. The effect on your children has and will have a great influence on their growth. As a parent, you may be feeling the anxiety of having to confront the challenges of being at the end of the rail of the powerful forces driving technology into the laps and hands of your children.
Your work is cut out for you are a father. Even though popular culture doesn’t do well to herald the value of the leadership role of men in the form of fathers, let me tell you right now, being a father in this time and age has never been more important.
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