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MNB had a story and subsequent "Your Views" discussion last week about the stated US Department of Education goal of getting more students to move to e-books, away from traditional paper-and-ink textbooks. Which led one MNB user to forward us a story from Cleveland's WKYC News, which reports that more than a dozen middle school students in the area have been robbed of their iPads while going from from school over the past few weeks, with officials saying that the students are being targeted because people know that they are shifting to iPads away from traditional textbooks.
KC's View:
get that there always are reasons not to move to new technologies. And I get that these robberies are a problem. But I cannot accept the idea that this is a good enough reason not to shift to e-books. There are too many compelling reasons to do so.