I had to smile when I read this guys post. Personally I don't think that there is anything wrong with teaching kids how to use a computer or how they work, but teachers do get carried away. Our local school was teaching kids how to use Microsoft Excel. There would be nothing wrong with that except it was for science class. Anyways, here is his post. "I think it's kind of useless (kids having laptops in school) now. In Maine you can't bring the computer home [to write reports], which would be the only real use. Here's an excerpt from what the students do with theirs at school. It's nice and all, but imagine how much time this wastes in order to make the Bill of Rights "fun." Come on it's only 10 amendments to learn. The opportunity and dollar cost of stupid c**p like this is why our school system is in the crapper. That and hypersensitive parents and the school administrators who listen to them. To the original poster: get an iPod instead (unless you have one). Save the computer for college. Its election time again, where our democracy takes center stage. In keeping with the season, at Boothbay Elementary School the Eighth Graders in teacher Eric Chamberlins Social Studies classes are studying the Bill of Rights. They are breathing life into those hallowed words by producing video vignettes of the different Articles, to be edited into a movie and posted on the schools web site. Scripts are written, costumes and props gathered. The actors rehearse their lines one last time, and then its lights, camera . Learning."