Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Learning without Computers

Navigating an open water lake crossing

Does anyone know the average grade in school that a child begins to use a computer? My two year old already knows how to, "turn on the computer for Daddy" so we can watch choo-choo trains on Youtube.

In today's world of electronic learning, it is imperative that youth do not suffer from the widely publicized Nature Deficit Disorder. As commendable as the Wii gaming system is at getting youth active while inside, it shouldn't take the place of going outside and throwing a baseball in the backyard. Communicating with others on internet based gaming systems is fine, but it doesn't replace playing soccer outside with the neighborhood kids.

As paddlesports enthusiasts, the ACA encourages you to promote safe and educational water based experiences for today's youth.

In our ongoing effort to meet the needs of the paddling public, both young and older generations, the ACA is becoming actively involved with Youth Development. For the latest information on how to teach paddling to youth, visit our Paddle Safe - Paddle Smart Curriculum for educators.

Join us as we bring paddlesports education to the boaters of tomorrow!

Chris Stec on the Selway River, Idaho
Paddle Safe - Paddle Often,
Christopher Stec
Safety Education & Instruction Department

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