According to news reports, Amazon is unveiling the
newest version of Kindle product, Kindle DX. Since its original release,
Kindle has been promoted as a revolutionary reading and writing device.
Comparing to the older model, Kindle 2, Kindle DX does show certain
improvements. At least its viewing screen size has been increased from
five some inches to 9.7 inches, not mentioning other state of the art
software or functionality features.
It is also
strikingly in the news that Amazon is signing agreements with a large
number of schools including K-12 school districts, in an attempt to move
Kindle DX into the kid's classrooms. Kindle's ultimate goal appears to
be competing with traditional textbooks in papers. Do you
think this is a good move? No. At least not all that great. There are
several apparent negative aspects for kids and youngsters to use Kindle
DX, an electronic reading and writing device.
Kindle DX could potential train kids for bad reading and writing habits
Since the invention of paper, paper textbooks have been used in all
classrooms on the earth. Flipping between pages of a textbook is in fact
a natural training of coordination between brain and hands. A good
reading habit is established right in such a enjoyable process. Any
electronic reading device such as Kindle DX will to certain extent
deprive kid's enjoyment of reading, which could consequently train kids
for bad reading habits.
On the other hand, using electronic writing devices at early ages will
eventually make kids stay away from handwriting. Nevertheless, the
importance of handwriting can never be emphasized enough. Since computer
became a part of human's life, many adults have trended to have hard time
to write even a simple letter without asking for help from computers. It's hard
to deny this is a unfortunate deterioration in the progression of human
being. Should our kids give up pens before knowing how to write
properly? Definitely not. Traditional reading and writing are unique
cultures of the human society. We should never abandon them.
Kindle DX could impose potential risks to kid's health
It is a common sense that watching TV for an extended time is a bad
habit for children as the images coming out of a display screen could
impose potential health risks to their eyes. How can Kindle DX avoid
such risks considering its improved screen is still by far smaller than
a TV? In addition, any electronic devices more or less send
electromagnetic emissions which could impose potential hazards to human
bodies. How can Kindle DX eliminate such risks when every kid has to
hold one during the entire school time? There are no apparent
answers to these reasonable and particle questions.
Kindle DX does not have all functions of a traditional textbook
Kindle DX might be a fairly convenient reading writing device, but it
doesn't have all important functions of a traditional paper textbook.
Most paper textbooks contain colorful charts and diagrams, creating
vivid illustrations for easy comprehension. Kindle DX appears yet to
have such a function. On the other hand, kid's can easily write short
notes and remarks in textbooks for later review, which seems difficult
to achieve with a Kindle DX.
replacing traditional textbooks with Kindle DX is a long shot, a very
long shot, at least in the foreseeable future.
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