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New Jersey School Said Giving Kids Laptops Was a 'Terrible Idea'

A School in New Jersey Said Giving Students Laptops is a 'Terrible Idea'

At the Hoboken School District, dozens of laptops are stacked in boxes in a storage closet. The closet represents a failed experiment in which every student received a laptop for the classroom. 

Hoboke Junior Senior High School, according to The Hechinger Report, had the money to buy its students laptops, but saw terrible results. Most of the students at Hoboken are near the poverty line, and the school was trying to give them the best chance at a good education. 

"We had half a dozen kids in a day, on a regular basis, bringing laptops down, going, 'my books fell on top of it, somebody sat on it, I dropped it,'" said Jerry Crocamo, computer network engineer at the school. "We bought laptops that had reinforced hard shell cases so that we could try to offset some of the damage these kids were going to do. I was pretty impressed with some of the damage they did anyway. Some of the laptops would come back to us completely destroyed."

The district said buying these laptops were a bad idea; aside from damage, the school also faced theft. Some laptops were never found, and Crocamo had to file police reports and testify in court. The school staff, the article said, will spend the rest of the summer going through the laptops one by one, writing down the serial numbers, and seeking bids from recycling companies to get rid of them. 

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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