The ‘Mail’ – Make Up Your Mind Time!

Story 1:

A school which gave out iPads to every pupil in hope of improving their education has admitted that just a year later half the costly devices have been broken.

Pupils said in some of the younger classes, around half the class had broken their tablet at least once, and some as many as three times.

Despite the threat of confiscation after three tablets, ultimately none were taken away from pupils.

Story 2:

Teenagers who do not have the internet are at a serious disadvantage in their education, a study shows.

Pupils whose families have a computer are likely to achieve higher grades because the benefits of such technology outweighs any perceived risks.

Well, which is it?!

6 comments for “The ‘Mail’ – Make Up Your Mind Time!

  1. Will Jones
    January 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    How is the lack of internet a disadvantage? Do school or public libraries holding encyclopaedia and text books no longer exist in the UK? Or is the internet essential from the point of view of politicians and teachers so that students have the ability to plagiarise, thus hiding the travesty of modern, so-called, education?

  2. Tatty
    January 3, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Teenagers who do not have the internet are at a serious disadvantage in their education…

    Damn straight. How else are they going to quickly copy & paste Wiki articles for Homework ?

    My two regularly at least try to do this. It pisses them off no end when I sit down with them and make them discuss the content, refute and look for alternatives better suited to the task and then make them rewrite the whole thing in their own style of language. Making sure they completely understand whatever it is they are trying to impress upon their teachers.

    There’ll be no “monkey see, monkey do” in THIS house !

  3. January 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    “”Teenagers who do not have the internet are at a serious disadvantage in their education, a study shows.””

    1) Which is unfortunate.
    2) The taxpayer must buy them all computers.

  4. Voice of Reason
    January 3, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    It’s crap. The use of technology has just made students less thoughtful, and their skills weaker. I demonstrate this every semester to my Calculus students.

  5. Tom
    January 4, 2013 at 8:58 am

    It’s both. A family that owns a computer knows why it wanted one and looks after it. There is a chance the parents oversee its use thoughtfully. A “free” computer provided by the school will not achieve similar results and gets abused. Children growing up in houses where books are read do better. Give books to children from houses where they aren’t and it will rarely have the desired effect. Parents who paint produce painters. giving free brushes to children whose parents loathe art will rarely help. The parents not the kit make the difference. Duh.

  6. Greg Tingey
    January 4, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Oh do wakey up!

    This is the Daily Nazi – it doesn’t have to be true or fair or even consistent, after all …..

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