History of the No-Tech Summer Challenge
At last year’s 7-8th grade Valediction, I challenged the 160 students to commit to NO screen time of any kind for each of the 11 Tuesdays this summer break, from June 13 through August 22. With each No-Tech-Tuesday, students experienced life without the ever-present screen so integral to our modern life.
The response to this Challenge was wonderful. Many students, both in these designated grades and beyond, took on the Challenge. Some parents did too, and it was interesting to hear how many adults have said either they could not do it or didn’t even want to try. I received reflections from students who said it was especially hard in the beginning, but many also said it was ultimately liberating. I am most delighted to hear that students came to understand the power of habit and especially their ability to CHANGE their habits, if they choose. This knowledge will serve them well, in managing technology and many other aspects of life.
We knew we wanted to do it again, so I gathered students who made it through last summer’s challenge and asked them what to do this year. They want to be involved, and they encouraged us to think about how to reach more students, maybe by offering some days of organized no-tech fun for participants this summer. They also said they were interested in getting PARENTS involved. So we’ve reworked the Challenge, as you can read below. I look forward to seeing the results of this Challenge.
Diana Smith, Principal
The Rules of the Challenge
Washington Latin will award $100 to all teams of one student and at least one parent who successfully meet the Challenge as outlined below. The students must be 8-9th grade students and enrolled at Latin for 2018-19.
Resources & Reading
“Melinda Gates: I spent my career in technology. I wasn’t prepared for its effect on my kids,” Washington Post, August 24, 2017
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