I love Google and Yahoo. With Google and Yahoo I can search Internet on any subject that interests me, at any time day or night, in comfort of my home. I was thinking how much fun it is to learn new things with Google or Yahoo, compared to boredom or learning torture that public schools put millions of kids through every day.
Let’s consider differences in how a typical child (we’ll call her Jenny) learns when she uses Google or Yahoo, compared to how she learns in her public-school classroom.
First, with Google or Yahoo, Jenny can explore any subject that fascinates her. She literally has whole world at her fingertips. She can learn about tulips, cooking, dinosaurs, fashion, arithmetic, model airplanes, how to play piano, or story books by thousands of authors.
When she is older, she can search dozens of Internet libraries, including Library of Congress, for information on any subject under sun.
In contrast, in her public-school classroom, Jenny must study only subjects teacher or school principal says she must study, even though these subjects might bore her to death.
Second, with Google or Yahoo at home, Jenny can spend as many hours as she wants studying any subject that fascinates her. If she likes flowers, she can spend all day learning about different flowers, how they grow, best season to plant them, how sunlight helps them, or how much water each flower needs.
In contrast, in public school, Jenny usually spends about 50 minutes on each subject school forces her to study. She has to go to a different class on a different subject every 50 minutes, even if she was interested in subject she was studying in her previous class. This can strangle her interest in any one subject. For Jenny, public school turns learning into broken, disconnected bits of knowledge on subjects that often bore her.