Is this just one school getting a jump on the future of education, or a corporation-driven attempt to lock in younger and younger consumers?
And since none of those schools had any big ruckus about mandatory laptops, I can't help but feel that something else is going on here, most likely some latent anti-corporate feelings on the parents' parts bubbling up to the surface. "Hmmm ... Our school has many big-time computer elite alumni, and gets much of its endowment from them. So this must be an attempt by them to brainwash our kids into using their products!!" Which is no different than blaming Mead for indoctrinating our innocent children into a lifetime of addiction to paper, note pads and binders.
It doesn't help that there appears to be little basis for these parental protests other than plain old fear of what they don't understand. "This is DIFFERENT. It's not how I went to school! It must be a plot!" Yeah, okay.posted by aaron at 2:44 PM on March 25, 2001
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