On my latest article on Guardian Sustainable Business, I describe the challenge educators face when helping students learn. In this age of modern electronic gadgets and social media, the evidence suggests that attention spans--hardly a surprise--are shorter. Both the Pew Internet and American Life Project as well as Common Sense Media have released studies on how technology has affected students’ ability to learn.

The results should be a long term worry for business. The standard routine practice of long reports and PowerPoint presentations will not resonate in the age  of texting and video games. But I argue that this is the reality, and it is up to educators to change how they approach teaching in the classroom--and not doing so, in my opinion, borders on malpractice. But in the age of austerity and tight budgets, the business community must lend a helping hand to education reform, as having new workers ready and willing to replace retiring professionals is in order.

Read the full article on The Guardian and share your thoughts with me on Twitter.

Photo of Fresno High School courtesy Leon Kaye (Instagram: greengopost)

About The Author

Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.