From my experience, you should talk to everyone at the school, email them, and go see them in person. You want them to investigate and push the kids to resolve their difference in healthy ways.
I suppose what you are really asking is, “could technology replace teachers in our schools?”
Our problem is that these kids do not see any value in math if they are not using it for something useful. It needs to be relevant and challenging. Over my 20 years teaching, I have found the majority of students who were previously bored or hopeless suddenly blossom and “jump into action” when there is something to DO.
I remember the timid kid who came to me in 9th grade because she like astronomy and telescopes. She heard I had one in mothballs in the back room and wanted to see about it. I told her it needed some work before it would function. She diligently worked to locate the old documentation, find the problem, order a part, and fix the telescope.
You obnoxious women are disappointing me. I know Kara Swisher would say, “I don’t care” like she does at the end of her podcasts. I was listening to her podcast this morning and it occurred to me that this is the perfect answer. I’ve been thinking about this for years and I had to get this off my mind. Read it all, please, before you scalp me.
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Seeking novel experiences is one of the earliest behaviors babies exhibit. Even more telling is what happens if novel experiences are absent: A well known developmental milestone for the age of 2 months is that babies will begin to cry if their environment doesn’t change … they will experience pain simply from the boredom of their situation.
These are new human beings, our kids, that we MADE … from scratch!
There was not a person there before. Now, because of us, there is a wonderful human being there. It is an amazing miracle. And there was really no advice or instruction manual.
Learning math without using it for a purpose is like studying Latin in 2018. Sure, some people might just love the beauty and history of the language, but it is worthless in the modern world. Kids need to see, feel, and investigate the reasons for the math.
This one is easy. You will have a lot more difficult problems with a 13 year old boy than this. Limiting screen time in general is important, but changing the way he looks at the Internet is best until he is old enough to handle more responsibility.