Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Schoolchildren 'losing the power to concentrate in class'

A generation of internet-obsessed schoolchildren is losing the ability to concentrate in lessons and make proper conversation with friends, according to a leading headmaster.

The influence of social media, games consoles and mobile phones on pupils’ lives is one of the biggest crises facing the modern education system, it is claimed.

David Boddy, chairman of The Society of Heads, which represents more than 100 independent schools, says the country is in the grip of a “national attention deficit syndrome” because children spend so much time plugged into screen-based entertainment.

 In a speech today, he will warn that children are now unable to concentrate “for more than the shortest of periods”. Full story...

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