The Broad-trained superintendent of Huntsville, Alabama, has purchased 22,000 laptops and iPads for the students in the district.

This is the same superintendent who contracted to send recalcitrant students to live in a teepee until they learned to behave.

The laptops and iPads are being readied for use this fall.

Nothing has been said about the curriculum that these machines are supposed to teach/facilitate/whatever.

I remember many years ago when I was on a committee at the National Endowment for the Humanities to pick the best education idea submitted by the states, with a prize of something like $100,000 (I know, peanuts now, but back in the 1980s that was real money). Bill Bennett was head of NEH and he listened to our deliberations. At one point, he interjected that almost every proposal was a delivery mechanism. No one suggested anything that they intended to deliver.

That’s what a computer/laptop/ipad is: a delivery system.

Why does Huntsville want every student, starting in kindergarten, to have one?

Do they have any thoughts about the education they seek to offer? Or just a new-fangled delivery system?