Texans Fed Up With Texas Board Of Education

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    Good news
     
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    You could let taxes fund them but that would be socialism.
    Better to send your tax dollars to IsNtReal and Zaire.
     
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    I haven't a clue what you two are on about.
     
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    I am simply saying that the decentralization that the use of netbooks makes possible could make the Texas textbook bottleneck irrelevant.

    I just don't expect our educators to make good use of netbooks.

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    So, are you saying you foresee a time when textbooks will no longer be used?
     
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    Isaac Asimov already did that. But he appears to have been off by more than a century.

    The Fun They Had

    The HP 100e which is marketed for kindergarten to 6th grade has a 160 gig drive.

    HP debuts Mini 100e: you know, for kids | Crave - CNET

    How many people understand how BIG 160 GIGABYTES is? Suppose the operating system and included apps teke up 20 gig and leave 140 gig of space.

    A 500 page paperback book has about 2000 character per page. That comes to a megabyte of text. So 1000 of those books is a gigabyte. So one little netbook could hold 140,000 books. A kids entire educational curriculum from kindergarten through high school could be put into that space plus various simulation software.

    Do you want an electronic simulator for free?

    Solve Elec - Educational software

    That is better than anything I could get in college when I was taking electrical engineering in 1970.

    Do you want astronomy instead?

    Celestia: Home

    Most people don't know what could possibly be done. I bet most educators don't. Most likely I don't know a fraction of what is available. But I suspect smart parents will just have to start exploring this for themselves and exposing their kids to it because the education bureaucracy won't get its head out of its ass.

    Have you ever heard of Vero Beach High school in Florida?

    Computers as tutors - section I

    1987 was two years before Intel introduced the 486 chip. What kind of computers did they have at Vero Beach to do that? But do you hear the education profession advertising that success story? The kids exist to justify the existence of the educational system not to be educated.

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    I wasn't so much asking whether you think real books will be replaced by e-readers. I was asking, do you think school boards will allow teachers to design their very own cirriculums and materials?

    Personally, I don't. I also don't think writing a good textbook is easey-peasy.
     
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    Here is what the relevant poll results were:

    The Chairman of the Texas State Board of Education is Gail Lowe.

    Clearly, Lowe is not a politician, but is a teacher and a scholar.

    Who is on the Texas SBOE that IS a politician???
     

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