Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Gadgets Vs. Chiropractors!

It's that most wonderful time of the year again for parents. Back To School! Yes! The kids are finally out of the house and out of your hair for several hours Monday through Friday. Oh joy upon joy.

The kids tramp back to school with all their notebooks, pens, pencils and other items in their backpacks ready for that first day. And on that magical day, they get their books. Hmm, maybe it's not as good a day as you thought.

Sure, kids hate going back to school and hitting the books, listening to boring teachers drone on about subjects they could care less about and deal with the occasional school kid with an attitude. But there is a question parents should be asking schools.

Should they switch from classic school books to ebooks? Heck, in this economy every penny saved is needed. And have you ever considered how expensive a chiropractor is? You should. Visits by school aged children have risen in recent years.

What is causing this? Simple. Heavy, overloaded backpacks filled with schoolbooks that weigh a ton. Back and shoulder strain is the result. Now, if all their heavy books were converted to ebooks than kids would only need an ereader that weighs a pound.

I'm 35 years old but I remember, especially as I got to middle grades, just how heavy my backpack was. I used to have to stop and take breaks as I walked to my bus stop. And my bag was so heavy I couldn't carry it with my arms, I actually had to wear it on my back. That's quite a load for a twelve year old.

But ebooks weigh nothing, and ereaders weigh a pound or less. Why not convert all schoolbooks to ebooks? After all, we spend lots of money getting them back in school. But we'll end spending a huge fortune taking them to chiropractors and orthopedics when their backs go out.

And I can't see that ereaders would cost the schools more to provide for the kids than all those books cost in hardcopy format. So, maybe parents should start demanding their schools convert, not only to save some coin for themselves, but to save their children years of terrible back pain.


Lin said...

I doubt the cost would be too prohbitive. Today's schools give laptops away to their students. E-book readers are less cost prohibibitve, especially now that they cost less than they did a couple years ago.

Yes parents, do make demands. Your children deserve nothing better.

gail roughton branan said...

Kat, valid point that I doubt many parents have thought about. I never did. And actually, lockers are in shortage in many schools with kids sharing some not having any at all.

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