An Evening with Dr. Jordan Shapiro
In his book, The New Childhood, Dr. Jordan Shapiro provides a hopeful counterpoint to the fearful hand-wringing that has come to define our narrative around our children and technology. Drawing on groundbreaking research in economics, psychology, philosophy, and education, The New Childhood shows how technology is guiding humanity toward a bright future in which our children will be able to create new and better models of global citizenship, connection, and community.
Dr. Shapiro offers concrete, practical advice on how to parent and educate children effectively in a connected world, and he provides tools and techniques for using technology to engage with children to help them learn and grow. He compares this moment in time to other great technological revolutions in humanity's past, while presenting entertaining micro-histories of cultural fixtures: the sandbox, finger painting, the family dinner, and more. But most importantly, The New Childhood paints a timely, inspiring and positive picture of today's children, recognizing they are poised to create a progressive, diverse, meaningful, and hyper-connected world that today's adults can only barely imagine.
Jordan Shapiro, Ph.D., is a world-renowned thought leader on global policy and education. He's a senior fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and Nonresident Fellow in the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. He teaches at Temple University, and he wrote a column for Forbes' from 2012 to 2017 on global education and digital play. He currently lives in Philadelphia.