Michigan May Kill Student Laptop Program
from the can-it-be-made-better? dept
In the past we've written about various "laptops in schools" programs -- mainly in Maine and Michigan where they've been seen as success stories in improving education and (most importantly) getting kids excited to learn. While simply adding laptops to schools isn't the answer -- a well designed program designed to really make use of computers in schools to help kids learn and get them interested in education is a good thing. However, a budget crunch in Michigan has the state thinking about killing the program, meaning that some students would have their laptops yanked away, and others may not be able to get laptops at all. You have to wonder, though, if there's a compromise solution. Certainly, some kids already have computers (desktop or laptop) at home -- so perhaps there's a better way to set up the program that focuses more on those kids whose families really can't afford a laptop. Yes, this opens the program up to abuse -- but with the country falling so far behind in education, it seems like a program that seems to get kids excited about learning deserves a bit of support.