Silicon Valley is favoring Waldorf and Montessori schools, emphasizing time outdoors and human interaction, while the poor rely on television, cell phones, and time online to "educate" or raise children. Even Massachusetts Governor Baker appointed a private organization supporting EdTech business ventures to run the MAPLE initiative supporting educational technology in public schools, citing affordability. Despite EdTech advocacy & investment, time online is detrimental to health, socializing, and academics, and makes automation, surveillance, and top-down control of education easy, besides adding to the myopia epidemic. A little more respect for the ability of teachers to run the show without technology would go a long way to helping education.
Social and educational shortfalls are associated with even just a little school screen time. Reducing technology use also ties in with privacy protection, as technology gathers information, and with reducing problems such as societal dependency and energy consumption.
The American Psychological Association has a number of courses on tech addiction and the American Optometric Association warns about eye risk from screen or blue light. Published experts studying the latest research warn of other health risks, as does the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reducing screen time, school and home use adds up. Digital habits are difficult to stem when coursework is tied to daily, even full-time use. A bill to reduce school technology use is proposed below: sponsors are needed.