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Gambling on technology in the classroom

Gambling on technology in the classroom

Dallas Dance's $205 million plan to distribute tablet/laptops to all Baltimore County school children is an ill-conceived idea more likely to produce digital drones than smart problem-solvers ready to compete in the global economy.

Mr. Dance is a big thinker, but his Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (STAT) plan is a dangerous gamble with our children's future. Here's why:

First, it's tempting to think of technology as a silver bullet for America's education problems. A "fully digital learning environment" sounds forward thinking, but the evidence shows...