Maybe I am just really out of it, but I was shocked when my DH came home from our son's kindergarten evaluation and told me that ALL of the classrooms (starting in K) have smart boards. Of course, I was like, "What's a smart board?" It's a dry erase board that is linked up with a computer, so everything the teacher writes on the board can automatically be computerized, like a big scanner type of thing. I would have expected something like this for jr high and HS, but elementary school? My DH was like, "look, kids don't even have to take notes!" I grumbled something about how that could explain why kids' have such poor writing skills these days. I don't know, maybe I am just being weird, but our school district is CONSTANTLY asking for $ via levies, fundraising, school fees, etc. so I guess I'm a bit annoyed that they are buying these smart boards, which to me, seem very frivolous. I was wondering if smart boards are the norm now for all schools. Personally, I was a bit shocked that each classroom had one of these, considering that they are several thousand dollars each, yet they are always telling us that they don't have enough $ for basics and esp now, since our community has been hard hit by the economy (GM plant is closing, it is the largest employer in our community, and a lot of other plants have closed too). More annoying yet, our school district, which used to be ont of the top districts is now just ranked as average. So, I don't understand why they keep saying that they need more $, when their ratings have dropped, even though they have more $ than ever.
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8/31/09 at 10:23am