Teenagers’ mathematics and reading skills are in an unprecedented decline across dozens of countries and COVID school closures are only partly to be blamed, the OECD said on Tuesday in its latest survey of global learning standards.

  • @rbesfe
    link
    364 months ago

    Part of that may be just that you’re older and more mature now than when you were a high schooler. Encouraging kids to go on Lemmy and Reddit would just lead to most of them screwing around and looking at memes, not learning.

    • PugJesus
      link
      fedilink
      64 months ago

      While some of that is true, as a kid I got involved in online forums and the exposure to ideas there, I think, did help broaden my horizons and spark interest in topics that school would not necessarily have cultivated in me in the same way.

      • @[email protected]
        link
        fedilink
        84 months ago

        As a kid I got super into runescape. Screwing around? Certainly. But also talking with people, studying guides, learning routes for xp farming and I guess even basic economics while saving for a party hat lol. Spent time on the forums as well.

        I wonder if engaging with all that text based content made me more inclined to stick around forum style sites such as lemmy, or if even all the way back then that type of experience just appealed to me because of the type of person I am.

        • @[email protected]
          link
          fedilink
          English
          34 months ago

          I learned to type playing Everquest. I could barely manage 15 WPM when I got the game, and in a year or two of playing, with no other real typing going on, I could do 100+ WPM. Schools in my area hadn’t really adopted computers in classrooms; there was a computer lab but no real computer related classes, and there were computers in the library for research, but I didn’t have any real exposure… until Everquest.

          • flipht
            link
            fedilink
            14 months ago

            Same experience with EverQuest.

            I credit that game with helping me get over my shyness.

      • Uranium3006
        link
        fedilink
        14 months ago

        I wonder, what differentiates us from the teens who’d just look at memes and nothing else?

        • PugJesus
          link
          fedilink
          14 months ago

          Some of it is probably pre-existing interest, but a large part of it is just luck/accessibility. I only stumbled into forums while looking for online free games to play. The game had a forum that had trending forum topics on the sidebar, and eventually curiousity overtook me.

    • Uranium3006
      link
      fedilink
      24 months ago

      I did a decent amount of learning as a teen. I’d have done more if not for the depression

    • @[email protected]
      link
      fedilink
      24 months ago

      Nah, it was lack of awareness of it (like nobody ever “showed” it to me so I didn’t know to look for it) and lack of a good 3rd party app to make it palatable. Apollo was revolutionary to me when I discovered it in that regard.