Today I at lunch with a co-worker who is a White male.
We got on the subject of tablets replacing printed text books as a means of providing higher quality content for the students. I stated: "The superintendent in Dekalb County announced that her district would switch over to tablet based content to replace their textbooks".
My co-worker spoke ambiguously but said "The system is going to have a problem with laptops that get broken or stolen. The kids on a free lunch program are going to have problems replacing their tablets. If a kid doesn't have his tablet to do school work - is the school going to say 'You need to pay for a replacement device or you can't participate in the coursework'? A lawsuit would be filed".
Dekalb county is a majority Black school system. While their proposal for more automation is "progressive" - it would be fool hearty to recoil at the clandestine references to class and race and not consider these issues.
I suggested that such a student should be provided with print-outs of the school work to take home.
Then I get home and see the "Grand Computer Heist From A Kipp School In Atlanta".
The stolen laptops represent some quick cash on the streets in the view of the Street Pirates.
In reality - these were LEARNING TOOLS, used by several hundred children per day. The potential of their education was STOLEN from them - no different than what many of us imagine what the condition of Black people would be today if our LABOR was not STOLEN in the past OR businesses burned in Tulsa.