The Generations United Newsletter
It isn't a coincidence that older people are flocking to learn about computers, the Internet, and E-mail. It's a part of the service-learning movement that has caught America's imagination. Why are older people, technology and service learning such natural partners? Ask a middle-school student who is teaching a computer class to older people. "Some senior citizens are afraid of computers in the beginning," he says, "But we know how to make them more comfortable." That confidence is the hallmark of service-learning programs across the country involving elementary, middle school, high school, and college campuses. William Butler Yeats wrote that ':Education isn't the filling of a pail, it is the lighting of a fire." Service learning leaves students fired up as they become active learners, solving real-world problems through community involvement.
Angelis, Jane, "Service Learning is the Great Connector" (2000). Service Learning, General. 80.