What if? - One laptop per child

The federal government spent $45.7\nbillion on elementary and secondary education in 2005–2006. 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.


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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.

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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?

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