Today's hearing has largely been, as parent-writer Sharon Fisher of Kuna pointed out on Twitter, a referendum on laptops. Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation spent about half his testimony extolling the magic of computers, as if students don't already spend much of their lives online. Sen. Nicole LeFavour (D-Boise) asked him, “Wayne, don't you think students already know how to use computers?” He answered mostly by marveling how his kids do most of their homework on computers.
The Luna proponents seem so enthralled with technology that they don't realize that kids need teachers (and parents) to help them sort through the barrage of online material. And as we heard yesterday from IEA President Sherri Wood, businesses don't need young adults with more tech skills; they need employees who know how to think and collaborate.