by Jovana Djurkovic on 27th December, 2011 at 3:30 AM CEST
What was considered to be a role model 10 years ago, and what now?
Today we are faced with extremely mass media influent on young children. In one research, 75% of 15 years old children do not know who was Nikola Tesla, James Watt, some kings and queens from country’s history, etc. But if you ask them who is Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and some famous footballers you will get not only the answer, but their biography too. It’s obvious how mass media are making bad impact on youngest population.
And what lies behind that? Simply the fact that they are not interested in history classes(classes anyway) and they can’t wait to get home and log in FB account to see what their friends from school are posting. Sounds terrible, isn’t it? I’m not saying that internet use should be forbidden for kids, but it will be great to show them some cool links, beside Facebook and on-line tabloids. The links that can help them to learn something more and to see how they can find bunch of interesting stuffs to read about.:)
The good thing is that in that sample on which research was done, there was small percent of kids whose role model is for example Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. They said they like phones and computers and will be IT experts one day! One girls said, I don’t want to be as a Bill Gates, I want to be better. Some other (also small percent) said for the role model they are taking their moms, or dads, and for vast majority of them, the teacher is on second place for being a role model.
It will be great if teacher can be the one who will once in a week talk with kids about some useful links and even give them homework to find some more :D Kids are great, and all they need is small motivation and leading for doing right things.
Do you have a role model? Share with us who is it, and why? And what do you think about helping kids to discover some great and useful links? Don’t let to mass media create your role model, be the role model by yourself. :)