I want to thank Rock Hill schools Superintendent Lynn Moody for leaving me holding the bag (iRock). What child development specialist did she consult about the difference between judgment and insight when deciding on what grade level to implement this program?
My son is a fifth-grader, and on Aug. 26, he left his big blue three-ring binder at Challenger. There is no way on God’s green earth he is taking an iPad supplied by the school district or his own iPad to school. If Moody would not be focused on keeping up with the Joneses, she would not have to wonder where in the budget she could find more money for safety and textbooks for the middle schools.
For those parents not aware, middle school students have to share books, as there are not enough of them for all of the students. Therefore, they cannot bring the books home. I hope the next superintendent can better manage money and school priorities.
I appreciate The Herald’s allowing me to express my opinions about the iRock initiative. It is sad that Christopher Smith and Luanne Koklis feel there is no sense in going back and teaching the basics for reading, writing and arithmetic. Either the school district does or does not have the best interests of our students at heart. It does not take the use of an iPad to pass the exit exam or HSAP. One needs to know how to spell, write in cursive, calculate math problems and have knowledge of history and science.
That being said, it would be best to implement this initiative in our high schools to focus on students earning their high school diplomas if this technology is so great. Let’s face it, not all students go to college. Some elect to go straight into the work force, and because of this they could better benefit from the initiative.
I have been very fortunate in that my child has had teachers who believe it is important for him to know how to spell. I applaud and stand up with thanks for York Road and Mt. Holly Elementary schools for going above and beyond, as spelling is not a South Carolina mandate. I have had to teach my child how to use a dictionary and assume I will be teaching him how to use a thesaurus. I take full responsibility for being involved in my child’s education, just as I take responsibility for doing my job as a therapist. However, I cannot do the work of my patients for them nor can I do the work of my child’s teacher.
No child my son’s age has the insight to be responsible for an item as expensive as an iPad. This is why parents are asked to sign a form as to our decision of whether our child will be bringing an iPad home or not or if they will be using their own. The form states that it is our responsibility regarding the cost of damaged, lost or stolen items.
My child can bring home a library book, school book, and sign that he understands his school’s discipline policy. If the Rock Hill school district feels he can be responsible for an iPad, have him sign the form!
Melonie P. Grantham is a resident of Rock Hill.