Technology is a double-edged sword. We spend too much time updating Facebook, Tweeting about random, seemingly important emotions, playing Angry Birds, looking at the most recently leaked Snapchats from one of the eighteen Kardashians. Instead of interacting with people face to face, we simply text, chat, or message people and mistake it for real connection.
The other side of the sword provides us with unlimited information, unlimited resources. There’s nothing we don’t know that can’t be found on the internet. Want to know more about string theory? Google it. Want to know what constellation is above you right now? There’s an app for that. Want to know the capital of Suriname (yes it’s a real country and its capital is Paramaribo)? Wikipedia has the answer.
So how is it, with all this information at our fingertips (or thumbtips?), education is seemingly in a slump? How do first-graders not know who the President of the United States is? Why is ignorance the norm?
Ignorance is a choice. We choose, whether through apathy or laziness, to remain uninformed and uneducated.
Intelligence is scorned, ignorance is applauded.