Fleeting Patience?

In April, 2012, Mark Bauerlein wrote in the Chronicle of Higher Education about how digital tools have downsides when it comes to needing to slow down.  He wrote that “sometimes, slow understanding is a necessity.  Take, for instance, those sequences in the history of film which are slow and deliberate, but which are nonetheless central expressions of the art form.”  He considers habitual switching and hurrying as learning deficiencies.  He recommends that academics work to “insert into the curriculum exercises and experiences that cultivate a different habit, a slow-down of apprehension.”  Slow down for a moment and consider the speed with which your students access information.  Is there time for retaining and using the information?

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