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December 13, 2012

Whatever Happened to the Oregon Trail? American Middle Schoolers Seriously Put the Rest of Us to Shame

By Allison Boccamazzo, TMCnet Web Editor

It seems that the majority of all young students from the 80’s, 90’s and early millennium would unashamedly agree that today’s educated youth are being crafted into suspiciously over-stimulated, miniature-sized adults. Today’s educational agenda is so drastically different from when we were kids that it’s hard to believe children no longer drop holiday cards on each other’s desks, awkwardly bring their pets in for show and tell and no longer need to learn the harsh realities of the 19th century pioneer life on the Oregon Trail.

Above, sweet memories. (It should rather be from ages 10 to awesome) Image via Wikipedia

Perhaps the starkest difference between these two times is the way research was conducted. Remember blowing the dust off a thick Encyclopedia to write that research paper? To do that today, kids are operating some of the world’s largest, most popular search engines (and they’re probably doing it on their own tablets, too)... Read More

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