What if? - One laptop per child
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
The federal government spent $45.7\nbillion on elementary and secondary education in 20052006. This represented\nabout 8.2% of the overall government spending on P-12 education in our country,\nwith the rest of the monies coming from state and local sources.
The estimated P-12 public school enrollment for that same year was 48.7 million\nchildren. Add in about 5 million private\nschool children and another 1.1 million\nhomeschooled children and we have an approximate total of 54.8 million students. Using\nthese numbers, we can calculate that currently the federal\ngovernment spends about $834 per school-age child.\n
Even knowing that many families could afford a better computer,\nwhat if the federal government bought a $100 (or so) laptop for every child in\nAmerica? What would our schools be like? What would our children's lives be like?\n\n
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
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