Well, that was about all I needed to hear. I had gone from thinking it a good thing
to bring wireless to yet another market to being embarrassed at how little I understood
about education. I went back to read the pitch that I had been sent in an e-mail
message, and laughed at how ridiculous it sounded:
"With a wireless network, students can sit outside at lunch and have access to the
school's network from their laptops. In the classroom, students can work in teams and
can group wherever they wish. With a wireless network, they aren't tethered to a
certain seat and a certain port, and they won't trip over all those cords."
Tripping over cords? How big of a problem is that compared to decreasing
graduation rates or illiteracy?
I'm not saying that these technologies won't ever have their place in our schools,
but in due time. Wireless technology is great, but it's not for everyone yet.