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Debate Score:11
Total Votes:11
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Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools and Higher Education?

"Publishing for the K-12 school market is an $8 billion industry, with three companies - McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - capturing about 85% of this market. Tablets are a $72 billion industry with 42% of US adults owning a tablet. As tablets have become more prevalent, a new debate has formed over whether K-12 school districts should switch from print textbooks to digital textbooks on tablets.

Proponents of tablets say that they are supported by most teachers and students, are much lighter than print textbooks, and improve standardized test scores. They say tablets can hold hundreds of textbooks, save the environment by lowering the amount of printing, increase student interactivity and creativity, and that digital textbooks are cheaper than print textbooks (or completely free, Public Domain Textbooks that can be universally accessed online)*.

Opponents of tablets say that they are expensive, too distracting for students, easy to break, and costly/time-consuming to fix. They say that tablets contribute to eyestrain, headaches, and blurred vision, increase the excuses available for students not doing their homework, require costly Wi-Fi networks, and become quickly outdated as new technologies emerge."


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Side Score: 4
2 points

Tech changes. The world those kids will live in will have better tech. Give them experience with it.

BUT kindergarten might still be too little. You want to instill a love for books and the way they're structured and the value of reading over simply watching, so they still need actual books for awhile at the earliest ages.

Side: Yes
2 points

Well, in my grade,we do math and history on computer, sometimes science and sometimes english. It honestly is better getting to interact on the computer sometimes than sit and listen to hour-long lectures.

Side: Yes
1 point

There is no need for the tablets, why drug the students instead of doing the school work?

Side: Yes
xMathFanx(1742) Clarified
1 point

@Sv3rige. "There is no need for the tablets, why drug the students instead of doing the school work?"

"Tablets" in this context is referring to E-Readers such as Kindles, iPad, Nook books, ect. I apologize if I failed to make that clear enough.

Side: Yes
Sv3rige(162) Disputed
2 points

Ah, I see now, I actually don't know because the trees will be happy that we cut down less if we use the E reading, but the more screen time of electromagnetic radiation may be hurting of the students who probably get enough playing Xbox and watching pewdiepie.

Side: No
2 points

While I rejoice at the thought of a lighter load for students to have (textbooks are ridiculously heavy), there is more drawback currently than benefit in going to tablets. With tablets you are reliant on an internet connection (not all families can afford it), not all families can afford the rental fee for the tablet, if you don't have sufficient power to the tablet you can't access the information, and they are very easy to lose or break. If you drop a book you don't have to worry about a cracked screen or go through the possibly lengthy process of waiting to get a new one which denies them the ability to study.

Side: No