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Mar 13, 2009, 08:22 AM
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davidwarren
Mar 13, 2009, 08:32 AM
I'm so sure the taxpayers are glad they are spending $100MM over the next four years so the kids can update their facebook accounts.

woodynlily
Mar 13, 2009, 08:34 AM
I'm so sure the taxpayers are glad they are spending $100MM over the next four years so the kids can update their facebook accounts.

Ditto the the Trillion'th (with a T) power!

esaleris
Mar 13, 2009, 08:47 AM
Spending money on these assets is a great way to show expenditures against the budget. Whether or not that equates to an increase in education quality is rather quesetionable. I tend to think that, while important, computer skills are a secondary matter, and that primary education in logic, reasoning, etc. is much more pressing for today's youth.

steve2112
Mar 13, 2009, 09:03 AM
Spending money on these assets is a great way to show expenditures against the budget. Whether or not that equates to an increase in education quality is rather quesetionable. I tend to think that, while important, computer skills are a secondary matter, and that primary education in logic, reasoning, etc. is much more pressing for today's youth.

This is 100% correct. Sadly, this article shows one of the problems with education in this country. People like to just throw money and technology at the problems, while overlooking the fundamental problems.

smooth
Mar 13, 2009, 09:19 AM
I believe (not certain) that Maine is a more affluent area than most of the country. I'm curious as to their student-teacher ratio. Here in Michigan, this type of program would irk me. I'd rather see the average classroom size shrink before laptops are given out to students.

Eric5h5
Mar 14, 2009, 02:18 AM
I believe (not certain) that Maine is a more affluent area than most of the country.

I rarely say this, but: LOL. No offense intended, it's just that's not something you usually hear. ;) Maine is pretty far down on the list of affluent states, around 33 or so. It's mostly rural.

--Eric