I am writing in response to the editor's editorial dated April 26, 2012 titled, "School board fails to do homework on technology".
I agree with John O'Connor that it's unfortunate that the trustees and administration have automatically assumed that technology in the classroom is a good thing. At the end of his article, O'Connor mentioned that CEOs and employees of some of the world's largest computer technology companies send their children to the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in California, where computers are not used in the Waldorf curriculum until high school.
I myself went to and graduated from high school at a Waldorf School, and I agree wholeheartedly with the editor's opinion that our schools are embracing internet and computer technology too quickly without researching and determining what the effects will be on our students. I believe that it is important that our children learn how to socially interact with each other, explore the world of ideas, and develop different learning skills and abilities before they become proficient with a computer.
Computers definitely have their place in our education system, as we live in an increasingly technological age; however, we shouldn't automatically assume that putting an iPad in front of a first grader is going to help them learn and help our children function better in a rapidly changing world.