Laptops and Education Don’t Necessarily Mix

Published July 19, 2006

Dear Editor:

I found your article “E-Slacking: It’s Laptop Over Lecture” [July 18] right on target. As a recent grad myself, I must admit to abusing laptop privileges from time-to-time, checking my email or the Cubs score. I think it’s reasonable for professors to have restrictions on classroom use.

But it does beg the question, if colleges and universities are finding that laptops distract their adult students from the lesson at hand, why is Lt. Governor Pat Quinn so convinced that giving every ninth grader a free laptop is a good thing?


Mike Van Winkle
Oak Park, IL

Michael Van Winkle ([email protected]) is a research assistant for The Heartland Institute.