“The Stillwater Board of Education approved a plan to give every junior high student in the district a laptop computer to use at home and school, despite requests from dozens of angry parents to delay the decision,” The Associated Press reports. “Monday night’s 4-2 vote allows the school district to continue negotiations with Apple Computer on the five-year, $2.85 million proposal. The laptops would go to about 2,270 students and 135 staff members at two junior high schools by next fall.”
“Many of the 75 parents who packed the three-hour meeting expressed concern when district officials only had a funding plan for the first two years. Others criticized the district for not giving the public enough information,” according to AP. “‘I thought my son was joking when he brought this home,’ Lakeland resident Missy Junker told the board. ‘It makes me think you don’t want any opposition.’ Several parents told the board that junior high students aren’t responsible enough to handle such an expensive machine. Many said their students go through a $100 graphing calculator each year because they break or get stolen.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Some of these parents who are objecting seem to be ignoring the remarkable successes of school systems adopting Apple technology. Places like Henrico County Public Schools, Richmond, VA, the State of Maine, right-next-door-to-Stillwater, Mounds Park Academy, St. Paul, MN, and others should be examples to these parents who, right now, seem that they’d prefer renaming Stillwater, “Backwater” rather than embracing a wonderful opportunity for their sons and daughters.