Schools should ditch books: New York mayor hopeful

New York students would ditch textbooks and be issued tablets under a proposal by a leading candidate for mayor.

Christine Quinn, the current city council speaker and a favorite to replace her ally Mayor in November, said the technological upgrade would open "limitless" possibilities.

"Thanks to the Internet, teachers in any given subject can share lessons and materials with colleagues around the world. They can organize those lessons into online textbooks, which their students can read on tablets in school and at home," she said in a speech Tuesday.

"So a teacher in the Bronx can pull together the most relevant information for his class, and update it throughout the year to stay current. He can incorporate videos and assignments that better engage kids living in a digital world."

According to Quinn, who is vying to be the Big Apple's first woman and lesbian mayor, the project would pay for itself.

"We currently spend more than a $100 million a year on . That's enough money to buy tablets for every student in public schools, and cover staff costs," she said.


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Jan 16, 2013
Better yet, put the entire k-12 curriculum on the internet, and get rid of the failing fiscal monstrosity that is public school. Just have private companies certify standards. It's 2013.

Jan 16, 2013
Better yet, put the entire k-12 curriculum on the internet, and get rid of the failing fiscal monstrosity that is public school. Just have private companies certify standards. It's 2013.


Right, because that's why the US does poorly compared to other developed nations. You can keep your christian madrassas out of my country.

Jan 16, 2013
Better yet, put the entire k-12 curriculum on the internet, and get rid of the failing fiscal monstrosity that is public school. Just have private companies certify standards. It's 2013.


Right, because that's why the US does poorly compared to other developed nations. You can keep your christian madrassas out of my country.


I'm not a christian. Religion has no place in public schools, nor a state certified internet curriculum.

Jan 16, 2013
Better yet, put the entire k-12 curriculum on the internet
Its still nice to get out and interact...

"a planned new library in San Antonio...In keeping with technological advances, the county will house a library of neatly arranged LCD screens and gadgets instead of the traditional banquet of dog-eared print and paper books. The public library will be one of the first digital-only libraries of its kind.

"With 50 computer terminals and a stock of laptops and tablets on-site, the building will also offer an array of preloaded e-readers available for the card-carrying customer to take home."
I'm not a christian. Religion has no place in public schools, nor a state certified internet curriculum.
This should rightly include the pseudoreligion known as philosophy which has its own saints and a metarealm where all worthy intellects go when the host dies.

Jan 16, 2013
How is it that everytime Doug_Huffman makes a comment here it manages to seem highly creepy and inappropriate?

Jan 16, 2013
Paper textbook are far easier to use than a tablet

Jan 17, 2013
Religion has no place in public schools, nor a state certified internet curriculum.

You mean a STATE curriculum has no place in STATE schools?

ts still nice to get out and interact...

Definitely. Schools teach more than mere facts. (Most of what you learn in school you won't ever need. But it's the place where you go to learn to be a human being in a society of people larger than your family)

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