The Los Angeles Unified School District has decided to spend one billion dollars providing iPads for everyone. Why?
“This is a civil rights issue,” [Schools Superintendent John Deasy] said. “My goal is to provide youth in poverty with tools that heretofore only rich kids have had. And I’d like to do that as quickly as possible.”
Indeed, the performance gap must come down to iPad access. What else could explain it?
By the way, where did the money come from?
The tablets are being funded by bonds: about $500 million for the devices and the rest for wiring campuses and other costs.
Who think the iPads will still be in use when the bonds get retired?
Steve Sailer ponders why public schools tend to suffer from such poor management:
Over the years, even the Van Nuys DMV has gotten better organized and more helpful.
Strikingly, I’ve never read anything about DMV reform, yet it seems to have sort of happened.
In contrast, I’ve read thousands of articles about Education Reform. Titans of industry like Bill Gates and Eli Broad have devoted themselves to Education Reform. The LAUSD is run by certified Education Reform stars from the Gates Foundation and other prestigious organizations.
And still … chaos. Why?
Perhaps one reason why DMV reform has progressed but Education Reform is so prone to confusion is because DMV reform is not a civil rights issue. It could have been called one: the long lines always seem to have disparate impact upon the Latino population of the San Fernando Valley, much of which could be found standing in line at the Van Nuys DMV any workday between 9 and 5. But it wasn’t.
In contrast, Education Reform always turns into a “civil rights issue,” which causes the Brain Freeze characteristic of anything having to do with race, IQ, and children in modern America. In turn, this attracts fad-mongers and the professionally gullible to the ranks of education management, and repels people who know what they are doing and are capable of projecting the consequences of proposed policies.