by Jesse Brackeen
Eagle Editorial Board
Textbooks, notebooks, LAPs, handouts, workbooks, pencils, pens, printouts, worksheets.
All of these objects could be eliminated through the utilization of one object: laptops.
Yes, my brothers, you read it right. If we were to adopt the usage of laptops for day-to-day school procedures, our lives here would become increasingly more convenient.
Laptops trump the traditional spiral, pen and textbook approach for many reasons.
Teachers demand that we have assignments typed up and turned in, but the process of being able to utilize the computers on campus is a hassle.
For starters there are merely 51 computers students have access to on a regular basis. These computers are located in the LRC and the Open Computer Lab.
Getting a spot in the LRC can be described as inconvenient at best.
First you have to be inside the doors before the 7:45 bell rings.
Next there are only a limited number of spots (11) that can be filled by students every study hall period.
And finally you can only hope that a class has not already reserved the lab for your period.
If you want to use a computer in the LRC in the morning, you are unfortunately out of luck as the LRC’s computers are not available for use before or after school.
Laptops would make school life easier for students as well as teachers.
Not only would a student be able to do school work on a laptop, but all textbooks that are necessary for class could be put on the computer.
A policy of digital textbook use has been implemented at both Duchesne and St. Agnes.
Although we would still need hard copies of our books, it would not be necessary to lug them around school. All those times you forgot a book in your locker in your rush to get to your next period could easily be overlooked with the use of laptops.
Countless detentions or other disciplinary actions have been given to students as punishment for not bringing a textbook to class or turning in an online assignment.
If our school as a whole embraced laptops as our sister schools have, those hours in detention could be spent elsewhere doing something productive.
While the benefits of using laptops are numerous there are a few downsides.
A laptop is an expensive piece of technology, that is a given. That would most likely add a few hundred dollars to the tuition that we attempt to keep low enough so any young man can have the benefit of a Catholic education.
At our sister schools they sporadically get their laptops “ghosted.”
This process completely wipes the computer’s hard drive forcing them to have a back-up hard drive. The administration requires this whenever a problem arises with the laptop.
Our school can get rowdy and a few laptops would most likely get damaged, possibly even broken.
Currently there are over 700 students who walk the halls every day, so it is not hard to assume someone’s laptop is going to unfortunately get destroyed one way or another.
In my mind it is more convenient to not have to carry around extravagant amounts of textbooks every day. Our school and our students would become much more efficient.