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tries have set strict exposure limits? “Coun- tries like Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Israel, Russia and China have set RF ex- posure limits 100 to 10,000 times less than the USA. They recognize that there can be non-thermal biological effects from wireless radiation” (Worldwide countries taking ac- tion on wireless, 2008). Unringing the bell It will be nearly impossible to go back- wards, especially when so many school districts have invested billions in technol- ogy’s potential to increase test scores. Very few decision-makers have paused to address the possible ramifications of digital integra- tion or study the ominous pile of emerging research on the detrimental effects of com- puters, Wi-Fi, and exposing children to ad- ditional screen time. Many educators insist, “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” I must admit that I theoretically agree with that ubiquitous, yet slightly syrupy, teacher affirmation. But 26 Leadership only to some extent. To many stakeholders, “teaching the way they learn” means to place the students in front of yet another glaring flat screen because kids are really good with computers. However, it’s a mistake to think that children learn better with computers simply because they are proficient with com- puters. Indeed, technology can enhance the learning experience and open up windows to vast amounts of information. But, it can also increase the likelihood of cellular dam- age and oxidative stress, increase childhood obesity, deter the consolidation of long-term memory and become another entertaining diversion from learning. As Neil Postman said, we are running the risk of “amusing ourselves to death.” Resources • Avendano, C., Mata and Doncel (2011). “The use of laptop computers connected to internet through Wi-Fi decreases human sperm mobility and increases sperm DNA fragmentation.” Retrieved Feb. 2, 2017 from www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. • Carr, N.G. (2010). “The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our brains.” New York: Norton, W. W. & Company. • Dunckley, V. (2015). “Reset your child’s brain: A four-week plan to end meltdowns, raise grades, and boost social skills by re- versing the effects of electronic screen-time.” New York, NY, United States: New World Library. • Garber, L. (2013, Jan. 18). “5 benefits of sunlight you probably never knew about.” Retrieved Feb. 7, 2017, from Benefits, http:// naturalsociety.com/5-benefits-of-sunlight- vitamin-d-you-dont-know. Jonathan Robinette is a science teacher at Folsom Middle School