Give it some thought

Thank God there are some people on the Auburn City Council who still know that there are poor people who live and still pay taxes to the city.

I cannot believe the School Committee and Superintendent Tom Morrill want to give iPads to all kindergarten pupils. I honestly think that members of the School Committee should resign and give some other people a chance to run the school system and get costs under control.

If the superintendent can't think about keeping tax money under control, then he should go, too.

And the councilor in Ward 2 (Bob Hayes) is a councilor in the city of Auburn, not Lewiston. During almost every meeting, he will ask what is Lewiston doing about this or that. He is a councilor for Auburn, not Lewiston.

I believe that kindergarten pupils would like to have a box of color crayons and a coloring book, and learn to stay between the lines and learn something.

Reggie Emery Sr., Auburn

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the auburn school department

spends on average $126,000 per student. and your complaining about another $500 for 50 kids?

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I'm just blown away at how

I'm just blown away at how these backwater politicians think they know better than the Surgeon General who doesn't even think television is a good idea at this formative stage of brain development. At a time when children need vital socialization skills and multi-sensory learning, reinforcing isolation with rapid images, sound bytes and instant gratification even flies in the face of Skinner 101. This is also an affront to any attempts to curb childhood obesity.

Steve  Dosh's picture

. .Give it some more thought

Reggie , Al , et., al , weds. 13:30 HST •

Nice letter and good comments i.e., " I would recommend to the folks who make the iPads to supply them at no charge as a pilot program to this kindergarten class. " Write them a letter or send them an email . They have an Appleseed® progam
Umm. ...Where were you guys when Apple ® computer gave 7 th and 8 th graders laptops a couple of years ago ? Just asking . It's a rhetorical question . i was out - of - State myself . b t w - Steve Jobs , the C E O of Apple Corps ® has terminal pancreatic cancer and has earned US$3.00 a year in his official capacity as head of that company for many , m a n y years now
Maybe we can all volunteer over to our public schools in Norway , Paris , Sweden , and Denmark and help the children in learning how to use the 'puters , iPads ® , iPods® , and †ouches ® 
We do • h t h , Dr. Dosh and Ohana , Pahoa , HI 96778 u s of a :)

AL PELLETIER's picture

Yup Steve,

Jump on you iPod and ride the waves with another volcano in your hand. Glad to have you back, we here in Maine all need a good laugh after a tough winter.

AL PELLETIER's picture

OOPS !

Double post. Perhaps I should have been iPod trained.

AL PELLETIER's picture

iPads

Thank God I live in Norway and my property taxes are not being used for an educational crap shoot. I would recommend to the folks who make the iPads to supply them at no charge as a pilot program to this kindergarten class. When these student reach grade three test their aptitude, general knowledge, math and social skills then compare the results against third graders who had no iPads.
After this testing, it wouldn't be such a crap shoot at taxpayers expense.

AL PELLETIER's picture

iPads

Thank God I live in Norway and am my property taxes are not being used for an educational crap shoot. I would recommend to the folks who make the iPads to supply them at no charge as a pilot program to this kindergarten class. When these student reach grade three test their aptitude, general knowledge, math and social skills then compare the results against third graders who had no iPads.
After this testing, it wouldn't be such a crap shoot at taxpayers expense.

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

IPads in kindergarden

I'm not a kindergarden teacher so I cannot speak to how they would be useful in a kindergarden class but I do know this much. The kindergarden teacher is preparing her students to live in a world that is 20 years in the future. What kind of skills will those children need to get a job and to communicate 20 years from now. I don't know but I'm guessing it has nothing to do with coloring within the lines. The people who do know seem to think they will need advanced computer skills. What is the bigger waste? Spending time and money on useless outdated skills or on relevant, forward thinking skills.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Are you suggesting,Claire,

Are you suggesting,Claire, that reading, writing, and math skills are outdated and irrelevant? Many high school graduates are literally incapable of correctly reading their diplomas. Many end up behind the counter at DD, D'Angelos or other fast food chains and are unable to make change unless the computerized cash register does it for them. Our schools may be teaching, but our kids in many instances are not learning, although some schools consider it rather important that 4th graders know about homosexuality and the importance of knowing how to properly place a condom over a cucumber. I fail to see how ipods to kindergartners is going to change any of this.

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

IPads in kindergarden

I am in no way suggesting that reading, writing and math skills are irrelevant. I do think however that any expertise in those skills will be worthless unless they can be communicated through existing technology. To quote Ray Kurzweil, a professor who is very adept at predicting technological advances, "Today a kid in Africa holding a smart phone has access to the same amount of information that was available to Bill Clinton when he was President of the United States". Add another 20 years of technological advances to that and you get a picture of what kind of world these kindergarden kids will be living in. Knowing how to access and use these technologies will make a huge difference in how they manage their world. As for making change. It's fine if you know how but no one will hire you if you do not know enough about computers to run the register.

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