There’s a popular Internet meme that goes like this:
Exasperated Parent: Go to your room!
Today’s Child: Oh, you mean the place with my phone, TV, and computer? I’M ON MY WAY!
When you were sent to your room as a child, did you want to stay there? What did you have in your room? A telephone, board games, a TV, a video game system, a cabinet full of toys?
I never had a TV, but I always had toys and books, and when I was a teenager, I had my Game Boy and a radio. I neither had a phone nor wanted one. I didn’t get a computer in my room until I was in college. At that point, I also got a desk on which to set up the computer (it was a big clunky desktop). The desk was where I did all of my writing until 2016, when I finally got a laptop and was no longer confined to my room.
Do kids today have desks in their rooms? Do they have books? If they don’t, they ought to. I’m concerned about kids not having decent attention spans because all they can focus on is the world inside a tablet or a phone. The standardized tests today cannot measure their ability to focus, their creativity, or their critical thinking.
There is something magical about desks and writing and books that encourages creativity. Kids should be taught from an early age that what is inside their imagination is important and should be expressed. What better place to do that than at one’s own desk?