Dem Group Wants eTextbooks in Schools
WASHINGTON, DC—Educational textbook printers had to cringe earlier this week when the Democratic Leadership Council—described by The New York Times as a left-leaning think tank—published a proposal on its Website that envisions giving electronic reading devices to every student nationwide.
The study, titled "A Kindle in Every Backpack: A Proposal for eTextbooks in American Schools," argues that the government should furnish students with electronic readers, allowing textbooks to be easily distributed and updated, according to the newspaper. Such a move, the study contends, would also allow teachers to craft an interactive curriculum suited for the digital age.
This "paper" proposes a year-long pilot program that, if successful, would put an electronic reader in the hands of all students within four years. The project is estimated to cost roughly $9 billion more than what is required to purchase printed texts, according to the Times.