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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26 2014 1:00 p.m. MST

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Latuva
Spanish Fork , UT

I've squirmed at the idea of iPads in the class rooms - not because they are not useful tools, but for years we've bemoaned supposedly low financial support from the state for public education. That "we don't care about our youth." I watch high school youth with Smart devices and wonder, why must the state provide what they already know in a tool? We haven't provided laptops, except as a designated classroom for such, why are we arming youth with Smart devices they are already familiar? Education is about helping youth and adults to Understand and Apply, not Dress Them for Success. As already reported (Howard Blume. "Mixed reaction to iPad rollout from L.A. teachers and administrators." Los Angeles Times. Dec 1, 2013) let's learn from others who've spent a billion just on this, that it's a mistake to believe buying devices to "give youth the start they need." Youth are already ahead of majority of adults in this and many other areas.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

I predict this:

Meaningful class reduction is basically tabled as money is spent on these i-pads. Teachers won't see any meaningful raises either.

Devices become obsolete in five years, if that, but no plans to replace devices with updated technology exists. This was a one-shot deal.

Test scores don't improve and technological devices don't prove that revolutionary. Constant teacher turnover continues delaying proper training and it is truly discovered that most of the students had these gadgets at home anyway, probably even better gadgets.

Since technology doesn't really solve any pressing issues in Utah education, teachers are deemed even greater failures. Plan, besides making technology people wealthy, really doesn't help. Teacher morale continues to plummet. Teacher knew of course, throwing ipads at students, won't really do much. But the legislature now feels justified to completely gut public education, bring about vouchers, more charter schools, perhaps totally privatize education altogether etc. (I know my GOP friends are celebrating wildly).

And oh yeah, Becky Lockhart's husband Stan, who incidentally works at IM Flash, makes some serious bank on all of this.

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