From: Autumn Cook
To: Francis Gibson,
Subject: Please vote NO on HB 131 - Public School Modernization Act
Date: Wed Feb 26 07:06:22 MST 2014
1. This bill interjects technology between a teacher and her students. The most important factor in a student's experience is his relationship with his teacher. There is no device that can personalize the educational experience the way a teacher can. It would be a serious mistake to trust technology more than teachers. This mistake would be particularly detrimental to disadvantaged students, who benefit from MORE personal interaction, not less.

2. Studies have shown that excessive exposure to technology - too much "screen time" - is detrimental to children's development.  Children's minds are very different from adults', and exposing them to the same level of technology use as adults is not wise. Which brings me to...

3. It's an experiment. This bill would "fundamentally change" (line 94 of sub 1) the ENTIRE education delivery system of Utah. Just like Common Core, there will be no way to evaluate whether this much technology is a benefit or a detriment to students, because everyone will be the same, with no "control" groups to compare.

4. The education consultant who runs this overhaul will have too much influence in education in this state. He, or she, or they, will certainly have more of a say in what happens than parents or teachers. This is another shovel of dirt on the grave of local control.

5. I find it unlikely that providing mobile devices to students is likely to improve attendance, discipline, parental involvement, community involvement, graduation rates, and teacher satisfaction and engagement. Those items - which are included in the list of measures which schools are supposed to improve as a consequence of implementing this program - seem to be outside the realm of influence of mobile devices, at best; and in direct conflict with them, at worst.

In the name of personalizing education, this bill would in reality further depersonalize it.  Please oppose HB 131.   Thank you.
Autumn Cook
"No man made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little."
-Edmund Burke