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[Susan notes: The "again and again" is key here. There will always be a push for bigger and faster gizmos. Better? That's the important question this letter raises.]

Submitted to Seattle Times but not published

To the editor

Is wireless internet a good investment for schools?

Sent to Seattle Times, May 30, 2012

Re: Seattle construction levy may include wireless Internet for all schools, May 28, 2012.

By the time voters in Seattle decide whether they want to spend $11.5 million (that̢۪s about $200 per student) largely to install wireless internet in Seattle schools, wireless connections as we know them now will be different and maybe even obsolete. Remember ethernet?

The computer companies will be delighted to sell Seattle the newest hardware and software to keep the students connected. Again and again.

Why not spend the money on materials we know are of clear and lasting value?

Stephen Krashen

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