The proposed introduction of netbooks at BSWP presents many important issues that some parents of the school feel need to be discussed.
This blog has been set up so that a discussion that commenced with the school committee and has continued amongst parents in the school grounds can be shared with the whole school community.
It would be a pity to hurry into a financial and educational commitment that can have profound effects on our children's behaviour, mental health and educational potential without a full and frank discussion first.
I am surprised to find that 1:1 netbook takeup by the school has been presented as a totally positive educational advancement without any discussion of some of the major issues which have been highlighted in the media, educational and academic literature. I have particular concerns around some of these.
On Wednesday 11th August parents were invited to an information session about the introduction of 1:1 netbooks at BSWP. However it was not possible to discuss any of the issues surrounding the netbook proposal as it was made clear that the decision had been made by the school council that the rollout will happen if there are sufficient numbers of parents accepting.
Once a certain number of parents sign up to the program it will have been decided to have passed the parent 'vote' and even those parents who have misgivings will be forced to either take up the netbook leasing program or will choose not to with the attendant acrimony and emotional blackmail between parents and child over their 'missing out'.
The aim is to set up this blog, canvas the issues, distribute the blog details to all BSWP parents and encourage everyone to contribute to the discussion. In this way there is the opportunity for an informed and unpressured debate about a major educational change at the school.