Technology is everywhere, from the playland at local McDonalds to Dunkin Donuts. We upgrade our personal electronics every few years. We consumers thrive on it. Yet, our schools go without. It all starts with wifi. The internet is a wealth of information. Upgrades have been requested numerous times by teachers, and parents alike at PTO meetings.
Not all families in Attleboro’s are fortunate enough to be able to afford computers at home and the safety of school is where they should be able to learn about all that technology offers. To quote Mr. Reed from The Technology Advisory Council “kids today are digital natives”.
There is no doubt that once students have computers, it places a greater burden on the adults to monitor and educate. We must recognize that and provide safety measures such as firewalls and controls that limit what they can see.
Sometimes we hear it said that kids don’t need laptops. However, we have the responsibility to prepare our students for the life that awaits them when they get out of school. Colleges, employers and even the armed forces will expect a level of technological literacy that they should be able to learn in school. One way to think of it is: if your doctor was still using the medicine and machines that were available when you were a kid, would that be a good thing?
Sure economy is tight, but this is a need for their education. In Maine, back in 2010, they started its “1 to 1 initiative”. This is where the state equips all students and teachers in grades 7 thru 12 with a laptop. At the beginning of the year the students are assigned a laptop to use just through the school year. This has moved average students to high performing ones. Attleboro’s children deserve the ability to become high performing students which is why we need to bring Attleboro’s schools into the 21st century with upgraded technology throughout the district.
School Committee Candidate Ward 1