by Sam Hieb
Guilford County Schools Superintendent Mo Green tells an NAACP-sponsored forum that tablets issued to middle schoolers aren’t making much of a difference:
“I don’t see us using those limited resources to try to take the (personalized learning initiative) to high schools when we have not seen the progress that I would want to see in middle schools at this point,” Green said during a recent forum hosted by the High Point and Greensboro chapters of the NAACP.
Should the school system find additional resources, Green said, he likely would recommend they go toward other things before expanding the tablets to high schools.
Limited resources— really? The tablets were funded with a $30 million federal Race to the Top grant. Meanwhile GCS chief of staff Nora Carr adds the tablets “are tools for learning and not ‘miracle cures.'”
Look I understand this was experiment (if you will) to see if technology —an essential part of our 21st century world—would aid in the learning process. Considering the problems the program has endured in the three years since the rollout—-most of which is the sale of tablet vendor Amplify—it’s a little early to say the tablets aren’t working, isn’t it?
All that said— keep this in mind next time you read or hear that there’s not enough money for education n in this country.