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.
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.