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What Genius I tend to agree with the Luddites albeit for different reasons. First of all, offering grade school students laptops would have been a good idea provided that the school was going to babysit these students and otherwise ensure that the students were using the laptop for what it was meant to be used for. That would have meant locking down the laptop with all the appropriate nanny software and/or IPSEC to make sure Johnny and Suzy weren't on social networking sites or otherwise engaging in behavior that the the laptop was not intended for.
What they did, instead, was issue laptops arbitrarily and without any oversight and just assumed the kids would be good little students and do their homework. Right, because kids don't need supervision and putting them in contact with a computer ws going to somehow ensure they would become better students...
Unless the school board had some kind of agreement in place with the parents to supervise their children's work on the computer, they should have never spent the money on the equipment. It would have been put to better use by setting up a computer lab and hiring a competent part-time techie admin, instead.