Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Schools may copy Arnold Schwarzenegger and junk their textbooks - Times Online

Although I think this sounds like a great idea right now, and certainly it will take care of problems with books in the classroom, what about when a student needs to take the books home? If there is no computer at home, which, unfortunately is the case in many more homes that we think, the student won't be able to do anything. I seriously doubt they'll be sending those Sony E-Readers or Kindle's home with the kids.

Remember what I said about that reading level a couple of days ago. Hmmmm?

Schools may copy Arnold Schwarzenegger and junk their textbooks - Times Online: "From The TimesJune 10, 2009

Schools may copy Arnold Schwarzenegger and junk their textbooksMike Harvey in San Francisco and Nicola Woolcock There is a revolution under way in the classroom with the Terminator in the vanguard. Arnold Schwarzenegger is throwing textbooks out of schools in a move that head teachers say could be followed in Britain.
The attempt to save much-needed cash was announced by Mr Schwarzenegger, the Governor of California, on a school visit in Los Angeles — and dressed up as advantageous for pupils burdened with piles of books.
The governor is struggling to plug a £24 billion gap in state funding for the coming year. He said: “Kids are feeling as comfortable with their electronic devices as I was with my pencils and crayons. So why are California’s school students still forced to lug around antiquated, heavy, expensive textbooks?”
It is a question asked increasingly in British schools. Many teachers are turning to worksheets that children print from the internet, rather than insisting on bulky books for each subject.
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Companies have sprung up offering specialist websites for schools, allowing pupils and parents to download information on different academic subjects, test papers and access chat rooms. Yet many say this puts pupils from poorer backgrounds at a disadvantage, as they are less likely to have access to the internet or a home computer.
The British Government recognises that computers are vital in education. Jim Knight, the former schools minister, said last year that internet access was as essential"

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