What do they need a textbook for ? All they teach is the TAKS test anyway. The only thing the teachers need is the blank TAKS from day one. Lets just cut to the chase and save the money for textbooks for something else until we stop kidding ourselves about public education.
After we by all the students a "Kindle" then we can buy bright yellow Rolls Royce to bus them to school. Fact is Austin has moved our kids back to using 1 book = 2 students. Our future is in danger of sliding into a third world status.
Several years ago, the citizens of Victoria passed a bond issue to build the new schools. Unfortunately, since so much school funding comes from the State and the State has to balance the budget, Texas public schools won't be getting the money needed to even keep the personnel and services they've had in the past. I'll be the first to agree that cutting the number of bureaucrats (administrators) in our schools would be a great place to find additional funds!
Apparently we have plenty of money to build, but limited resources to actually teach. Let's deal with the budget short falls by eliminating the bureaucrats, starting with the Communication Specialist position. I'd like to hear directly from the Superintendent on matters such as these.
Some people just don't "get it." Schools are dealing with severe budget cuts and do not have the money to pay for these electronic devices. Many parents don't have the financial means to buy them. The money isn't there!
I really like what tcooke has to say, it makes sense. But I contend the parents need to pay for the equipment, it is time they had some "skin" in the education of their children.
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Kindle textbooks cost the same as traditional paper textbooks, lack the pictures (and, therefore, captions) and have limited availability.
However, online textbooks often have Interactive content, enrichment activities and study guides/note taking features. I say purchase access codes and iPads... The teacher can set up a virtual class and create assignments, etc. from within that forum...which allows for online discussion/study groups.
LOL.....parents don't even want to pay for their kids lunches much less Kindles.
I do not understand why there is still a relucance in school districts to eliminate textbooks and move into the moderan age with Kindles. This would be a non-issue each year textbook data could simply be downloaded into students Kindles. Downloaded data when purchased in volume will be cheaper than hard copies. Parents purchase of Kindles would encourage the students and parents to be more responsible when they have some "skin in the game" if the Kindle is lost, damaged, and etc. their replacement would come out of the family budget.