I have written several letters to the editor about my opposition to laptops for youngsters in the public schools paid for by the taxpayers; now here you go.

I just saw a report about a school in Harlem, N.Y., called the Harlem Village Academy. The kids in that school are about the brightest in the nation, and they do it without laptops. The school does not have a set curriculum but, instead, a curriculum designed by the individual teachers allowing them to use their imaginations to get the most out of their students. There is a uniform dress code, no talking in the hallways and strict discipline in the classroom without corporal punishment —  just positive reinforcement.

If Maine wants to start turning out smarter children, perhaps modeling the schools after that outstanding New York school would be worth looking into, instead of giving out laptops, then having taxpayers pay to police them.

Al Pelletier, Norway


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