Letter: Please, no iPads in District 622 schools

To the editor:

I have been reading about the St. Paul School District leasing iPads for all the St. Paul students, even pre-schoolers. I sincerely hope the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District is not even considering doing this. I urge it to spend its money on education, not electronic gadgets.

I even oppose calculators in schools and computers in elementary schools. Computers are fine for the upper grades, but have you noticed that by using all these new electronics, students cannot solve problems on their own? My grandson attended a Woodbury elementary and was allowed to use a calculator during math tests. I think that’s wrong.

Students today do not know their multiplication tables, and probably can’t add or subtract without a calculator. I’ve seen this firsthand; if a cash register goes out, young clerks cannot even make change.  Our schools need to stress more about getting along without just pushing a button.  

And if a student does have an iPad, who’s to say they are using it properly during class and not just playing games? Please leave our teachers to the teaching.

My four children attended Gladstone, Webster, John Glenn, Maplewood Middle School, North and Tartan and they received a good education. Please don’t ruin District 622’s record and get back to teaching the basics without relying on electronics.  Unless you get back to the teachers teaching, I will never vote for a referendum again, and I’m sure I am not the only one who feels that way.

Anne Fosburgh


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