Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Svein Osterud hopes to write about Postman's relevance for students who seek "world citizenship."

How about this?
Thank you very much for your initiative. I feel honored that you have used my 2005 conference paper which I did not even know  was available on the net. The poster is great and summarizes my interpretation of Postman´s legacy.
Next term I hope to embark on a  chapter about curriculum development in Norway around the turn of the century. Then I will definitely return to Postman´s books, and I may be able to publish a text about his relevance to "education for the world citizenship".
I tried to remind my research colleagues about the importance of Postman´s perspectives on education in the last decades of the 20th century, but they are far more technology-oriented than me, and they hesitate to engage in a more humanistic project like the one you invite us to participate in.
I would be very pleased if you could keep me informed about what is happening in the project.

S. Osterud

YOU CAN WRITE TO Dr. Osterud at   and you can post notes to encourage his colleagues to take a look at Neil Postman's warnings about the effect of electronic technologies on the mind.   See also "Dimitri Christians media child mind tedx"  and click LIKE

EXCERPT:  The impact of media is a growing topic of research. And for good reason.  
In 1970, the average age at which children watched television was four years old. Today, the average age is four months. The typical child before the age of five is watching 4 ½ hours of television per day, 40% of their waking hours!
Recent studies on the impact of media have linked television to the over-stimulation of an infant’s brain, leading to the development of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in young children.

Dr. Dimitri Christakis, a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington, says that in the first two years of life, the brain triples in size. Connections that form in the brain, or synapses, are based on early life experiences. Prolonged exposure to rapid image changes during these first years of critical brain development preconditions the mind to expect high levels of stimulation. This, in turn, leads to inattention in later years. Studies on the impact of media have shown that the more kids watch TV before the age of three, the more likely they are to have attention problems in school.