“Flash facts”

We’re surrounded by flash facts: those tweets, apps and news headlines that disappear in a blink.

I  wonder how this will impact children, who are growing up in a world increasingly driven by five-second content.  Will first graders listen attentively while dad reads aloud an entire chapter of The Boxcar Children?  Will fifth graders finish what they started at the library’s summer reading program?

How will today’s preschoolers develop elements of character like perseverance and patience when they struggle to wait at the corner for a 60-second  stoplight to turn green?  In our world of nanoseconds a minute can feel like an eternity.


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