Originally Posted by Inkling
Hopefully these Turkish politicians won't be that foolish. As the problems with iPads in LA schools demonstrate, we've yet to sort out how to handle school-based tablets in this country. In poorer countries, the money will end up being a terrible waste.
Making technology school-based is the key problem. School teachers are not particularly tech-literate, meaning huge training costs for them. And school-owned tablets create all sorts of issues, including who is responsible for breakage and theft.
Family-based tech makes far more sense. There's less waste. Kids, for instance, can inherit stuff from their parent. Parents can also deal with those issues far better than often clueless school bureaucrats.
But to deal with that, we need to deal with a host of other social ills such as divorce and out-of-wedlock births--ills Charles Murray describes in Coming Apart. Oddly, if you look at Apple, from the executive suites at Apple down to ordinary staff, you'll find an emphasis on family-based technology is the rule. No one sits around saying, "If only my school would get more technology." They do it themselves and they make it work.
That's one of the points Charles Murray makes. He notes that by statistics such as divorce and single parenthood, all segments of society fell apart in the sixties. But he goes on to point out that those middle-class and above saw what a disaster that was and made corrections. It's at the blue-collar level and below (what Murray inelegantly calls Fishtown) that no corrections were made. More important, our society as a whole failed to make any effort to 'impose middle-class morality' on them.
That's the root cause of a host of ills that we've all seen if we are not blind. And those ills are most emphatically not going to be corrected by tossing out iPad willy-nilly. Apple itself ought to be saying that rather than making its $140 billion bank accounts still fatter stirring up these useless iPad sales.
--Michael W. Perry, My Nights with Leukemia: Caring for Children with Cancer
I want to start by saying, I don't totally disagree with your points.
The little bit I read about the LA schools rollout indicated that it was the decision of someone there, to not implement a full blown MDM, due to cost, that lead to their headaches.
I agree that school teachers aren't always tech-literate, but that's chaging (I believe, as it should). In these times, they've got to begin to be, even slightly, otherwise more capable teachers elsewhere (domestic & non-domestic) will probably be able to provide more, and better address the needs of their students, which will lead to the disparity in our schools systems that we currently already see.
As far as our social ills, we live in a democracy (I'm assuming you do as well), where people have the right to make their own decisions, whether they be right, or wrong. I agree that people can make some very wrong decisions (myself included). Unfortunately, all we can do is educate a child and hope they grow into a person knowledgeable enough to make the right choices. I don't believe it'll ever happen across enough of the population that, as a species, we'll be able to pad ourselves on our backs, at least not for a while (if ever), but it is what it is. Education aside, we'll always have our free radials; I know people who I would have never thought would have gotten divorced and have, and the opposite.
You OR I, shouldn't be telling others how to behave or live their lives. We can make suggestions/recommendations and let others know that it could possibly make them happier, but that's all that I believe is right to do. Besides, something that makes you or I happy (a solid marriage maybe?) may not be for someone else. We're all just too different and that's just one thing that bothers me about people that don't realize that. I'm not saying you're that way, but for the people who are - Understand that other people are not like you. Their brain, my brain, isn't wired the same way. What gives you pleasure and makes your life fulfilling may not do the same for others and you need to learn to accept that (here I am telling someone else how to behave). I enjoy driving way above the speed limit and I feel safe doing it, and I do it safely, but I understand and accept that it's illegal, makes others uncomfortable, and dangerous. I enjoy hours in front of the computer, coding and/or reading tech news, but others couldn't care less about coding or tech.
Apple could possibly do more than "tossing out iPad's willy-nilly", but who's to say that'll work? Others may and will argue that iPad's and other tablets/tech are an improvement and will turn things around...
We live in a world that's not perfect, and never will be. We can strive to make it better, but it'll never be perfect, and better is relative.
I consider myself an optimist/realist.
Edited by rwes - 12/24/13 at 10:01am