It was brought up in the show, but I can’t help but think that this is nothing more than grumpy old folks vs naive young folks. Youth isn’t so far from me, so I still remember what it was like before the days of internet. Reading books were to pass the exams (information retrieval). I can’t say much stuck with me when I read them the first time. Now that I’m older, I’m going back to read some things on my own initiative, and I really appreciate some of them.
Asking the student to read and study will result in information regurgitation in vast majority of them. Only the exceptional will understand. And those are the folks who get into ivy league schools and Cal Tech. on full scholarship and continue to thrive. I wasn’t one of them, but I know few who were, and couple of them host a very interesting podcast.
How do we make all the students motivated to understand rather than treat them like information regurgitation? I don’t know, but if it’s not digital devices that distract them, it could be TV or sports or hanging out at the mall.