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How Will School District Cut $141 Million Deficit?

I have two children in San Diego schools. And something that's started coming up with my 3rd grader is the expectation that he needs to use computers to do his work. Apart from any issues I might have with his doing this at home. It seems to bring so much expense to the classroom and school: they need to purchase laptops and desktops, they need to keep them in good repair, they need to train folks in how to use them, etc..

I just wonder if the district was conned into thinking that simply by having computers and technology, learning will magically improve. Kids, especially elementary school kids, don't need to be taught anything to be computer literate; They'll get that by osmosis just by growing up in the 21st century. And the systems that they'll use as adults are almost certainly not going to resemble what we're using now.

A lot of needless time and money is wasted bringing technology into the classroom when I don't think it is needed to improve learning and, in fact, is mostly a distraction from learning. Is anybody looking into ways to reduce _that_ expense before cutting our teachers or their salaries? Or are there contracts with computer vendors that the district is locked into?

I just think that one good teacher with a piece of chalk for a full school year outweighs 1000 fancy computers.

October 6, 2010 at 9:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )