Hello! I’m a very concerned parent living in rural California. I’m searching for a way to approach our local school district about lowering the amount of tech in the school. Several other parents and I have expressed concern but, thus, far they seem to be overlooked or brushed off. I am not giving up so easily! I am joining this site and others to hopefully see legislation to change the situation. In the meantime…
I learned my kindergartner will have access to a smartboard and is also going to a computer lab to do ABC mouse every day for 45 minutes. I don’t want her being plopped in front of a screen like this! As the students get older, in second grade, they will have iPads, some homework site called Odysseyware-- that students say is too easy and parents complain about-- daily use of smartboards AND the computer lab. This is way too much!
There seems to be plenty of research that proves the damage we are all discussing here. But the principal’s main arguments are: textbooks are expensive, the state of California is pressuring schools to have more tech, and the old “just lessen screen-time at home.”
I’ve looked over the California Department of Education website trying to find out what my rights are as a parent. Can I opt-out of whatever tech I want and ask the school to provide the books in paper/printed format rather than on an iPad? Can I say “no, I do not give permission for my child to go to the computer lab?” I’m hoping to get more parents engaged in the discussion about tech in our school and see the 1:1 program in grades 4-8 gone.
I feel I need concrete, printed reports/evidence before I go in with my pitchfork next week : )
Where can I find this information? THANK YOU!