Los Angeles Teacher Argues Against Classroom Technology

In an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times (10/25), Los Angeles USD teacher Jeff Lantos warns other districts not to follow LAUSD’s lead in spending “millions on high-tech gadgets” such as the iPads that the district is distributing to all students. Lantos cites his experience working in the district in 1986, “when Apple computers were first lugged into elementary classrooms.” Lantos writes that though the computers were (and still are) very useful for writing, and have other useful applications, such issues as cost and “disruption” issues make classroom technology more of an expensive distraction. Lantos specifically refutes Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s calls for electronic textbooks and for “a high-tech ‘disruption’” in classrooms.