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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wireless internet: A good investment for schools?

Is wireless internet a good investment for schools?
Sent to Seattle Times, May 30, 2012

Re: “Seattle construction levy may include wireless Internet for all schools,” May 28, 2012.

By the time voters in Seattle decide whether they want to spend $11.5 million (that’s about $200 per student) largely to install wireless internet in Seattle schools, wireless connections as we know them now will be different and maybe even obsolete. Remember ethernet?

The computer companies will be delighted to sell Seattle the newest hardware and software to keep the students connected. Again and again.

Why not spend the money on materials we know are of clear and lasting value?

Stephen Krashen

Original article: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018307238_wireless29m.html

1 comment:

  1. Although an sql server support and a wireless network requires more than just financial resources, it's hardly a bad idea to invest on good internet for schools. I guess admins just need to refrain from social media sites for students to avoid cyber slacking.