Trends in Ed 7.27.09
Democratic Think Tank Advocates for a "Kindle in Every Backpack"
About a week and a half ago, the New Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) published a report
recommending a government-funded education program that would allow every child in the public school system to receive a Kindle, or a similar eReader. The report argues that providing students with this type of technology would eliminate the need for paper textbooks and enable students to receive a more effective and dynamic educational experience. While the program would log initial costs of $9 billion (making its creation unlikely, despite the fact that the report's author boasts connections to the Obama administration), the report argues that after 4 years, the education system would save up to $700 million annually.
Now, as reported in an article in eSchoolNews
, educators are debating the merits of this type of proposal. Would a digitally-based system automatically create a more effective educational experience? Would this type of rapid allocation of technology cause more problems than it would solve?