Darrell J Hicks, Ancaster
I have a major concern with the new iPad program and the corporate influence on our children.
This past spring, EMC Canada donated 184 PlayBook tablets to the Toronto District School Board for elementary schools. Intel released two education-specific tablets last month. In the U.S., News Corp. and AT&T are now offering Amplify, an Android-based tablet, and Samsung has introduced a new School Solution computer program with Galaxy Note tablets.
This is a very slippery slope. We are witnessing the beginning of a corporate take-over of our education system. Corporations are starting to design education curriculum content and licensing content from existing textbook publishers. These huge multi-national computer corporations view the education system as an extremely valuable and lucrative market.
At what point will these corporations use this new power and influence to start marketing and advertising to students? Is this a good thing for Canadian students? We need to be very cautious and concerned about the new corporate influence in our schools.