The literacy debate article was interesting for me because of all the examples that it used. There were multiple children that were discussed along with their internet and reading habits. I agree with a statement in the article that said the internet will help people when looking for digital age jobs. I believe the internet is just as educational if not more educational than traditional books. I think this because of the massive variety of information and sources out there on the net. The trouble lies in what the children and young adults are doing/reading on the internet. Very scholary articles can be found and read but most of the time it seems people are reading fun articles or chatting online, another strong point brought up in the article.
I think this article itself shows that the internet can bring you because within this article there were statements like "Critics of reading on the Internet say they see no evidence that increased Web activity improves reading achievement. 'What we are losing in this country and presumably around the world is the sustained, focused, linear attention developed by reading,'" but then there were other "research finding" that suggested otherwise. The country needs to find a way to strike a balance between the two of internet and book reading. Both are very beneficial and a must in learning.
Discussion question: A boy named Hunter fell in the lower 10% of his class for traditional reading skills yet the upper most quartile for online literacy. Do you think this is something worth measuring and discussing? I say yes because like in the article, being able to use the internet effectively will help children in the future get jobs because if the job market as well as the high technology oriented jobs. Even a lot of business's are "paperless" requiring a lot of online/computer work.