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After wanting an iPad for every U.S. schoolchild, Jackson now says the iPad is killing jobs for Americans

Just last month, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) created a proposal that would provide an iPad for every student across the United States in an effort to guarantee all Americans the equal right to an education. Now, Jackson is quickly turning against the iPad, saying it is killing jobs. 

In the beginning of March, Jackson proposed the idea to amend the Constitution so that every American has a chance to obtain an equal education, and under this amendment, he suggested that the federal government provides an iPad, Kindle, or Nook for every child in school in the U.S.

Jackson even praised the iPad and devices like it on the House floor. He noted that the iPad and other similar gadgets are "products of the First Amendment," and that they maintain the rights of the First Amendment. 

"Let me be clear about a few things," said Jackson. "These devices are revolutionizing our country - and they will fundamentally alter how we will educate our children. Yes, there will be a cost, but if we can find the money for the wars, if we can find the money to bail out Wall Street, certainly we can find the money to educate our kids at an equally high-quality level."

Now, only one month later, Jackson is changing his tune entirely. On the House floor this past Friday afternoon, Jackson threw the iPad under the bus and opted for a more negative viewpoint on the device's influence. 

"A few short weeks ago, I came to the House floor after having purchased an iPad and said that I happened to believe, Mr. Speaker, that at some point in time this new device, which is now probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs," said Jackson. "Now Borders is closing stores because, why do you need to go to Borders anymore? Why do you need to go to Barnes & Noble? Buy an iPad and download your newspaper, download your book, download your magazine." 

Jackson went on to express concern for publishers, libraries and paper companies that are being affected by the iPad. According to Jackson, Chicago State University is introducing iPads to freshmen in an effort to achieve a "textbookless" campus in a four-year period, which will also hurt publishing industries. 

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Thats what Nepotism gets you.
By stm1185 on 4/18/2011 8:57:10 PM , Rating: 2
Kooky nuts who one week say the Government should spend millions giving children an electronic device, then the next week says no one should get the electronic device because it makes books obsolete. Aren't Democrats supposed to be progressive, as in supporting progress and not trying to hold society in the dark ages.

His first idea was the right one, but not exactly. What should be done is the Government creates a bidding process for a new tablet computer for school children to replace their text books, paper, and give access to information and create a way for groups of children to work together online. To keep jobs in America it must be done by a US company and involve at least as many employees in the US as abroad.

There would be no need to keep paying outrageous sums to the textbook companies. A group of educators makes the books to Government standards, and distributes them like open source software.

Then each kid gets one tablet that was cost effective for the government through a bidding war, and designed for children. That tablet has all their books on it, and it weighs less then 3 lbs, instead of the 20,30,40+ lb sacks of books kids currently have to drag around. It also lets them find online information, create text documents, chat with their fellow students and collaborate on projects.

It will help level the playing field for poorer students, it will help the health of students, it will make learning easier, it will make having students work together easier, and it can be just cost effective as the current text book system. There is no real downside to this except people wanting to prolong outdated uncompetitive businesses.

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch

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