Today I picked Charlotte up from archery and the first thing she says when she gets in the car is “I can bring the iPad to school!!”
I’m like…uh, no.
She gets all “WHY NOT???! We are using it the classroom.”
Turns out she is right. They sent home this letter letting parents know that now she can take her iPad to school.
I get that technology is important for our kids.
I use it in my daily life and work. My kids are exposed to it on a learning and gaming level. And I don’t expect her school to put forth money to purchase a tablet for every kid. But why exactly should I provide one for her to go to school with in the THIRD grade? In my experience an iPad breaks easily and is a serious contender for theft. Charlotte rides the bus in the morning with more than just elementary school kids. She stands at the bus stop with high school kids and while I am not jumping to the conclusion that one would steal her backpack or iPad, it definitely makes her a target.
Aside from all of that, the hard truth is that I realize our family is unique in that I work in technology and have an abundance of it. We already equalize the schools with uniforms, so handing Charlotte a $600 tablet in the 3rd grade is like telling every other kid in the classroom her parents income.
What about the kid next to her that is on subsidized lunches or the ones on the 4th hand me down pants? We do not live in an affluent area so I can imagine this “new rule” will just lend to segregate rather than inspire.
What say you?