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Safe or Beneficial?

I remember overhearing a gentleman in a waiting room venting that someone he knew was meditating, which was obviously (to him) an evil, eastern practice. After half-yelling about that, he went on to talk about the news of the day for about thirty minutes. I couldn’t help but smile to myself at the irony: he himself was “meditating” (quite intensely) on political talking points until a tired nurse called his name.

While setting aside time for meditation has become an increasingly popular practice in the West, anytime we reflect, discuss, or complain about value-laden topics, we are meditating on (and affirming) those values. And what a wide-ranging set of values there are, especially when armed with a phone or tablet! With a practically infinite series of web-locations online, people must be careful and intention, else they’ll fall prey to whatever worldviews are lurking about.

Having safe spaces for children has become popular, and that’s a good thing. Still, spending two hours playing a safe game isn’t exactly time well spent.

But learning to control your technology instead of vice versa is difficult, especially for children and teenagers who are naturally impulsive. Having safe spaces for children has become popular, and that’s a good thing. Still, spending two hours playing a safe game isn’t exactly time well spent. In fact, something positively bad, idleness, may be lurking there.

Wouldn’t it be better if we could move from focusing on something safe to actually instilling positive values, like fostering the natural love of learning? Learning and seeing their progress in learning can be insanely rewarding (and keep them engrossed in an app for some quiet time). Learnatric would like to be a space where kids aren’t just safe, but are prompted to refine and celebrate their love of learning.

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