Chapter 1The Quiet Crisis

It's graduation day, 2030. High school students and their families are filing into stadiums and auditoriums around the United States, awaiting the chant-like announcements of hundreds of students receiving their diplomas.

It seems like only yesterday these students were babies. They arrived in the world at a time of immense change in how people communicated and learned—days that began to include smartphone apps, on-the-fly video making, instant photo sharing, text messaging, blogging, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. Some of these students have become focused, careful readers with skills in filtering, creating, and making sense of the continual streams of information coming their way. Guided by a community ...

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