My sister is required to have an iPad for 6th grade

My sister is required to have an iPad for 6th grade

socceras socceras
IS THIS REDICULOUS OR WHAT
07/29/2012
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spunkmonkey spunkmonkey
As a parent I would be throwing a fit, but a parent I am not
07/29/2012
Yaoi Pervette (deleted) Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
WTF?! Not everyone can afford an iPad. If the school wants everyone to have high-priced devices, they should expect to provide the devices for students to use for the year. I don't think the burden should be on parents to buy pricey electronics, especially if they have multiple children enrolled. Of course, most school districts can't afford iPads, so I guess everyone will have to figure out how to learn without them. Oh my, what ever will they do?! (/sarcasm)
07/29/2012
socceras socceras
I know I can't believe my parents aren't going crazy. I'm not a parent but if my child was required to have one I would be furious. It's not that my parents can't afford it, it's the fact that they think every kid SHOULD HAVE ONE. What does it teach the kids?
07/29/2012
rekarf rekarf
That's absolutely stupid. I would not buy my kid one if I was a parent. That is soooooooooooo stupid.
07/29/2012
HippieFeet HippieFeet
WOW, that is absolutely crazy
07/29/2012
Chilipepper Chilipepper
This is one of the reasons I never wanted to have children - the technology would make me out to be a bad parent because I don't believe in hooking children up to them 24/7 and I don't see how an iPad (what if the family uses Linux like mine?) would help with school.

Have they given a legitimate reason for expecting middle-schoolers to carry around high-priced gadgets that - if I remember my own 6th grade correctly - will end up getting banged around on the bus or used to level the uneven tables in the cafeteria? (You should have seen what happened to the flour bag baby that year.)
07/29/2012
SneakersAndPearls SneakersAndPearls
I can't imagine how a school can require you to do that. The expense involved in and of itself is immense. Is this a private school? What happens with the kids that can't afford it?
07/29/2012
mrs.mckrakn mrs.mckrakn
Wtf...im pretty sure its illegal to force that on a child
07/29/2012
michael scofield michael scofield
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Originally posted by socceras
IS THIS REDICULOUS OR WHAT
it is ridiculous. just say you cant afford it
07/29/2012
SneakersAndPearls SneakersAndPearls
Wow, I actually looked it up. I can't believe schools are doing this.
07/29/2012
laflauta laflauta
Honestly, how much educational value does an iPad have? Probably not $500 worth.
07/30/2012
Michele Michele
Seriously? I'd have plenty to say about that. Not everyone can afford one and there is no way that I'd purchase an ipad for school work, sorry.
07/30/2012
Kissy Kissy
THAT IS FRICKIN CRAZY! Like the craziest thing I heard all day! Ludacris!!! Does she go to private?
07/30/2012
Rey Rey
if it was replacing all of the text books, then maybe that's a compromise. But not if it's in addition to text books!
07/30/2012
*Camoprincess* *Camoprincess*
That is insane I do NOT see why the parents NEED to supply the Ipad. What about the less fortunate kids who's parents are barely getting by??! I would have a lot to say if it was my kid.
07/30/2012
Gary A. Gary A.
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Originally posted by socceras
IS THIS REDICULOUS OR WHAT
That's crazy!
07/30/2012
MistressDandelion MistressDandelion
WTF? Seriously... The only gadget I had at that age was a cheap tamagotchi replica...
07/30/2012
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
0_0 Good lord, what has happened to the schooling system?
Back when I was in High School you weren't even required to have anything but typical school supplies. Stuff like cell phones, mp3 players, and (with one or two exceptions for people that actually needed them for some reason) any type of computing device like laptops were banned unless you had a really lenient teacher. (and even then it was limited to cell phone or mp3 use AFTER all the work was done for the day in that particular class)
07/30/2012
LadyDarknezz LadyDarknezz
What the flying fuck?! That is insanely ridiculous! I don't know what the Hell is up with schools these days...
07/30/2012
Ningyo Ningyo
When I was in high school (only a few years ago), cell phones and iPods were banned. If they were seen, they were taken and a parent had to come pick them up.
Isn't an iPad both?
Won't they be distracting? What's wrong with doing schoolwork on regular computers?

This is depressing.
07/30/2012
Yaoi Pervette (deleted) Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
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Originally posted by Rey
if it was replacing all of the text books, then maybe that's a compromise. But not if it's in addition to text books!
I wouldn't call that a compromise, because parents don't directly pay for textbooks in American public school. They're funded through taxes, so the schools just hand them out to every kid at the start of the year.

The sad thing is, there are some parents who are so complacent and intent on "keeping up with the Joneses" that they will just buy any overpriced device their kid "needs" whether they can afford it or not.

There are tons of studies out there now that have demonstrated how technology has made cheating in schools rampant. I can only see the problem getting worse.
07/30/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
Yeeaahh...I'd be changing schools. Not only can everyone not afford this (though generally I've found that in this area only the upper crust schools have crazy requirements like this), but I personally wouldn't entrust an iPad to a child. They don't take care of things properly, at least not the majority of them. I have a little boy and I know that little boys destroy things! There's no way in HELL he'd be getting an iPad. I get upset because my mom lets him play Angry Birds on her iPad and then he thinks it's okay to touch mine. I don't want him playing on mine because I'm a consistency person so if it's not okay sometimes, it's not okay ever. (He's three, so consistency is important.)

When I was looking at schools for my son, I was between two. One required Macbooks starting in first grade and the other didn't. Guess which one I went with?
07/30/2012
Yaoi Pervette (deleted) Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
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Originally posted by - Kira -
Yeeaahh...I'd be changing schools. Not only can everyone not afford this (though generally I've found that in this area only the upper crust schools have crazy requirements like this), but I personally wouldn't entrust an iPad to a ...
Macbooks, seriously? It's bad enough that schools expect parents to buy laptops, but to have the nerve to expect something as high priced as a Macbook! Don't get me wrong; my husband and I have gone through several iterations of Apple's laptops over the years, but we are adults paying for them for ourselves.

My brother was a pro at losing and destroying things growing up. Even now he still loses things. My sister and I still have things we kept from our childhood. My brother has nothing of the sort. A laptop or tablet in his hands wouldn't have lasted a week.
07/30/2012
Passionate Mandi Passionate Mandi
I agree that it is ridiculous that they have to buy an iPad. The jr. high & high school in my town have a grant from the state so all the kids have Mac laptops, but they belong to the school and the kids are only required to buy them if they royally screw them up, and even then I think they get them at a discounted price. The university I went to provided laptops to all the students, but of course the price was built into the tuition. If a school is going to require the iPads, the school should provide them.
07/30/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Honestly, I fully support teaching students on the most up-to-date soft/hardware as possible. How else are we supposed to get out of the slump American students have had for years?

Yes, it's an expensive piece of electronics. I really hope they're getting a price break on it...otherwise it's Apple.

Either way, give the students what they need to learn and get ahead. What were novel devices a couple years ago are now standard. I graduated high school in 1998 and remember learning how to type in 7th grade on the new Windows 3.1 or 3.11. If it wasn't for the investment of computers in my school, I would probably have not gotten into more advanced programs down the road.

If the child has a desire to learn, it's paramount that schools and parents work together to make sure they excel in that.
07/30/2012
Beck Beck
I guess I am going to be the only one who is different about this subject. While I agree children can't properly care for these items and not everyone can afford one.... I'm going to defend technology. Times aren't the same from when any of us went to school. Even if you just got out of high school. The children who are in elementary school right now are going to have a completely different life then we do. Technology is a HUGE part of our everyday life. Should every child have a laptop or the like...they could cut back costs of books and other supplies. Things like this are going to becoming more common then all of us want to imagine. Technology changing is usually a good thing. It's a way for us to have everything conveniently and brings light to a better future.

Would I want to go buy my 12 year old a $500.00 Ipad...Hell no. But, I'd be willing to help the school set up fundraisers for the children who can't afford them. My child would definitely be one. Learning technology is going to be a huge part of school as it always has been. Ipad's are the latest in technology. There was a time computers weren't in school and when college kids had to start getting them...I'm sure everyone went nuts too. Now...they are donated to the schools.
07/30/2012
mama2007 mama2007
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Originally posted by socceras
IS THIS REDICULOUS OR WHAT
wtf. I refuse to buy my kids an ipad ever. if they want one, they can pay for it with $ from job. they can fundraise for it, not getting it free from us.
07/30/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
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Originally posted by Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
Macbooks, seriously? It's bad enough that schools expect parents to buy laptops, but to have the nerve to expect something as high priced as a Macbook! Don't get me wrong; my husband and I have gone through several iterations of Apple's ...
Yes, that HAD to be Mac. That's the thing. I wouldn't mind if I had to buy him a little cheap laptop, but Macbooks are at least $900. I have a Macbook myself and love Apple products, but buying a young child one? HA. No.

Yup, that's been my experience as well. My husband destroys everything and so does my son. He's lucky I buy him anything that costs more than $5 as much as he loses and destroys things. Boys!
07/30/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
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Originally posted by Beck
I guess I am going to be the only one who is different about this subject. While I agree children can't properly care for these items and not everyone can afford one.... I'm going to defend technology. Times aren't the same from when any ...
Yeah, but you can get a cheapy laptop for around $250. That's not the case with an iPad. I'd even be less pissy about a Kindle since the price point is lower. I'm more than happy to get a laptop for learning because I do believe kids need to know how to use technology. Given that iPads are both delicate AND expensive, I don't see why a laptop wouldn't be required instead.
07/30/2012
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