Can we allow to carry laptops in schools by school children?

India
February 6, 2008 11:09am CST
As we know this is an era of modern technology.Why can't children bring laptop with them? Is it convenient than carrying books? Is there any consequences? With laptop they can feed all details and study materials in it. They can study easily. Will they spend study time with computer games? Is it decrease the handwriting habits and maths ability etc. etc?
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@Liasonfan (1702)
• Canada
6 Feb 08
Sorry, but I don't think laptops have a place in the schools. Yes it is great for studying and completing assignments at home. But you're right kids need to develop good hand writing habits and books are still invaluable as well. Also it is not fair to the ones who don't own a laptop. The same as cell phones don't belong at school either or should be turned off in class. Voicemail and email can be checked at break or recess. If all the kids brought lap tops to school, there would be no use for teachers and yes, kids would be too tempted to to go into games and messageboards. Heck, I would be! It is hard enough for teachers to keep their students focussed these days!
@jhl930 (3605)
• United States
6 Feb 08
I don't know why they wont let children bring their laptops because I think that they allow that in college(not completely sure about that but I Think that they do)I think that what they are most worried about is what the kids will be on while they are suppose to be doing their work...because they could be playing games or chatting with their friends or things like that instead of doing what they are suppose to in class...but I Think that that should be up to the parents wheater their child can have a laptop or not!
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@Liasonfan (1702)
• Canada
6 Feb 08
JoyfulOne, you are so right about the theft thing and other kids breaking it. bullys ets. The schools should not have to deal with this as well. Seems noone respects the personal property of others these days, especially in the workplace. Really good point as to why valuables, including laptops should be for children's personal use and not for school.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
6 Feb 08
Personally, I don't think laptops should be allowed in schools. With learning mathematics, they need to learn how to do these problems and equations in their brain, and not with the assist of a computer or a calculator. Same with other things they learn. They need to develop their own brain without technology first, then use technology later for research, etc, to enhance what they've already learned. They need to rely on their own brain power. I can picture the poor teacher having to stop class because somebody was having trouble with their computer and couldn't access the material until it was fixed. Teachers have too much to do without having that added problem. Most kids don't know how to fix glitches in their computer, not every child is a computer genius and advanced in that kind of technology. And what about the kids who can't type? Would they have to take typing just after they've learned their alphabet and writing? Then too there would be the problem of theft, or breakage of the laptop. Kids are kids, other kids might break the expensive laptop for revenge on a student they didn't like, or it might get stolen. Laptops aren't cheap, so a parent would have to take insurance out on them, and the school would have to take out extra riders on their insurance for those parents/kids claims that "it was the schools fault." They'd probably have to get insurance to cover 'uninsured computers' just like we have to for cars that people drive when people say they have insurance but don't lol. I think it would be a far bigger headache than a help. Plus you'd have kids who would use the computer to cheat on tests, or projects, rather than doing their proper book learning. I think college is a whole different ball of wax, by that age they've learned their primary material, and they know how to handle computer glitches, and keep it safe from being stolen.