Elementary Students Using Computers: Yes or No?
Story By: Eric Hwang Editor: Andie Kim Web Designer: Claire Kim
Up until the 2014-2015 school year, 6th grade students were required to bring their laptops every day to school for educational purposes. However, the curriculum has changed this year: starting starting from 4th grade, all students are required to bring laptops. The change in the curriculum brings up a question to most of us: are these 4th grade students responsible enough to handle these computers?
Although 4th graders can get used to using computers at an earlier age, this curriculum has many negative effects that we must consider.
When students approach 4th grade, they are approximately 10-11 years old. They are also very very young and probably did not enter puberty yet. Hence, without hormones that make them think differently, they won’t resist what teachers or parents tell them to do. Therefore, you may expect students to be very obedient. However, when these students have computers, they have the ability to do other things instead of studying.
One of these “other things” includes includes video games. In each class, there is one teacher and approximately 20 students. The teacher cannot see each and each and everyone's computer screen, giving the students the incentive to play games and be unable to concentrate and be unable to concentrate. Once these students get addicted to gaming, they will not stop, which will damage their social life. According to Joshua Hahn, an 8th grade student, when he is on the bus, he always sees a group of 4th graders playing games on their computers, not talking to each other.
Most elementary students and even teachers will not care about scores because there is no clear grade for each subject. These students are not even middle schoolers and not preparing for high school. These elementary students should not get exposed to such such middle school lifestyle. They should not be behind a computer screen, typing a word document. They should be physically and mentally interacting with what they are studying.
Finally, we need to recognize that these 4th grade students are merely kids. Giving them a computer puts a lot of money at jeopardy. They could break or lose their laptops. With all these side effects, we should not entrust $1000 computers to 4th graders until they are in in middle school