Should our schools be technologically equal?
Original post made by Parent, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Feb 29, 2008
I know some of our kids do homework on line, study for tests by teacher provided power points, memory sticks being part of students every day school supplies, ipods and other gadgets for english classes and social studies classes, but I feel that there is inequality from school to school and class to class. I have one child doing Spanish in high school and the only high tech stuff he uses is the occasional video, I mean video not dvd. He can't even bring a video home because we got rid of our player. Back when I went to school, the language rooms were the most advanced and I can't believe now that they are the most behind, particularly in what I would imagine is the most popular language to learn here in California.
Should our schools have equitable technology, not only for each other here in Palo Alto, but in other cities in the State or other States in the country?
And, the second question is who should be paying for this? Should our PTAs be fundraising for technology and should this become a level playing field?
What do others think?