This opinion piece is not a staff editorial, but the personal opinion of its writer offered as a perspective.
Chrome books are the latest device foisted onto the educational system, preceded by the incorporation of websites, electronic boards, i-pads, and other such innovations of the twenty first century. For all this supposed progress, how have schools reacted? Lest my eyes deceive me, negatively. Despite the incorporation of new technology, US test scores continue to decline and sink below rival countries such as China. To account for this failure, however, the solution remains the same as its failed predecessor; add more clunky, unreliable technology to the education system.
From personal experience, technology does not improve education. My freshman and sophomore year of high school incorporated I-pads. Despite the promises of this thrusting learning into the future, nothing seemed to come of it. Test scores continued to decline from the previous year. Unsurprisingly, considering most of the time spent with I-pads by students consisted of playing games or browsing the web mindlessly.
Brown County High School didn’t take note, however, as it demanded a 1/1 ratio of chrome books to students. Though the results have yet to present themselves, the complaints are numerous and the praise few and far between. The first five minutes of class consist of powering them up or telling students to put them away. Teachers frequently complain about students wasting class time watching Netflix on them or some other frivolous activity. In addition, Canvas has garnered some complaints from older teachers as the core of online learning. Some of the complaints garnered consist of clunky, often troublesome to use, and suffers from frequent inadequacies in explanation.
So, does technology improve education? From both a test score overview and personal experience, no. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, as motivation and dedication form the core of a good student, and technology makes for a poor substitute. Chrome books are the latest grasping at straws from an underfunded and creatively bankrupt education system. In the future, perhaps the staff thereof will take lessons from countries that garner frequent praise from the global community. For now, however, the situation will stagnate.