Livingston County residents are having a cow over the decision of Pinckney Community School officials to give students a 21st century learning tool -- a laptop.
Commentators on the local newspaper's site have a variety of "arguments" against buying laptops -- the students don't need laptops to take home because they can just use desktop computers in the schools; they don't need computers at all unless their parents can afford to buy them one, and one of my favorites, Einstein was really smart and he didn't have a laptop.
I wonder how these commentators would feel if they knew that this was Newt Gingrich's idea? Back in 1995, Gingrich proposed giving laptops to the poor, at a time when internet access in the U.S. and technological competence among teachers and parents was far less widespread than it is now. By 2001, he was saying every student should have a laptop.
So now that it is an idea that came from a "conservative," does that make it all better?