By Chris Scott Barr
You know how your parents and grandparents always told you how much better you had it than they did as kids? I’m still in my 20′s and I’m already thinking those exact same things. For instance, when I rode the bus to school I generally just read books. Eventually I got a portable CD player which would drown out the noise while I read. What do some kids do now? They get on their laptops and surf the net thanks to the 3G Wi-Fi router installed on the bus.
Alright, so that isn’t exactly the norm, only one bus out in Arizona has this convenience. The idea was to transform the hour-long bus ride into more-or-less of a study hall. The 3G router has been in place since last fall and the driver said that the it has made a huge impact on the students. Instead of the usual rowdy school bus activities that you generally see, most kids are simply typing away on their laptops. Sure, plenty of the kids are probably on Facebook or playing games, but it doesn’t upset the district officials. They’re just happy that it keeps them quiet. Not to mention there are students actually using it to get their homework done before getting dropped off.
While I might grumble about how great kids have it these days, I’m thrilled to see a school take this sort of initiative. Whether it’s being used to goof off or to do research, the internet is a powerful tool. Lets hope that this starts catching on at other school systems around the country.