06 January 2011

This Won’t Solve the Problem

Schools around the country are beginning to adopt the iPad. New York City public schools ordered more than 2,000 iPads, and some 200 Chicago public schools applied for grants to purchase them. Schools in California and Virginia have completely swapped traditional textbooks in certain classes for iPads.
Roslyn High School, on New York’s Long Island, launched a pilot program late last month that gave iPads to the students in two humanities classes. The iPads will be used instead of textbooks, and the students will use the tablets at home and in class.
The district paid $56,250 to buy the 75 iPads, as well as cases and styluses. That dollar figure’s certainly enough to raise some taxpayers’ eyebrows, but the district claims the initial cost of going paperless will eventually save money.

If the school district were actually serious about saving money on paper, they would stop compelling teachers to waste their time doing pointless paperwork.  If the district were serious were actually serious about saving money, they wouldn’t be buying expensive devices that kids could somewhat easily break (remember, iPads are blendable).  And if the district were actually serious about educating children, they would focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Instead, they spend tens of thousands of dollars on technology that will not actually change the fact that modern schooling is, for the most part, devoid of education.

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