Laptops in Class: I say "Allow Them"
So, a debate between truth and craven falsehood over at KOSMOS.
With me, as always, taking the side of truth. Should laptops be required / allowed / prohibited in class?
Falsity gets its chance, arguing the "ban laptops! They are da debbil's woikshoppe!" tomorrow.
Excerpt: If you have to pay someone to attend you, that’s prostitution. If you have to force someone to attend you, that’s slavery.
I have never understood why so many professors believe that students must be prostituted or indentured. But that is what the “ban laptops” crowd is arguing: We can’t count on students to learn voluntarily. So we have to bribe them, or we have to force them to leave their laptops home.
Look, profs: If you seriously find that most of your students are daydreaming, facebooking, or cruising porn sites (not that that’s a bad thing…), you might want to try an old and honorable solution. Two words.