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Should schools give students macbooks to take home and to use in class

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Started: 10/15/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Jalarcon4

Pro

Yes becuse it helps students in class because they are faster and they are also good for home work because they are fast. They can also have restrictions but they could lighten them off school grounds.
Tuft64

Con

I negate
Negate is defined as "to disprove the truth of" so proving the resolution false is textually sufficient to negate.
The value is technological literacy, as the resolution deals with the use of technology in the school

a.) Macbooks are incredibly expensive
A MacBook Pro costs ~$2,100
A MacBook Air costs ~$1,000
Both are nigh on impossible to repair, requiring the removal of screws, glue, desautering, a pair of pliers, and replacement magnet wire. Should a child be careless and drop their macbook down the stairs, or let the CPU overheat, they just wasted $1,000 of state-paid taxpayer money. This is BAD, and incredibly financially irresponsible. In the case of a nonfederal grant, such as one by Apple to help with technology classes, i see no problem with this, but unless it is externally funded (as in not funded by the government), this is a terrible idea

b.) Windows and Linux-based personal computers are better value
For instance, the CHEAPEST model of a MacBook Pro costs $1500. It comes equipped with a 2.5 GHz i5 Processor
The cheapest model of the Asus ZenBook Prime costs $800, and comes equipped with a 2.8 GHz i7 Ivy Bridge Processor, far superior to the cheaper i5 Model previously releasd by Intel. The computing power isn't comparable between the two, because in all respects other than screen resolution, the Pro is outshone by the ZenBook Prime for almost half the price. With that in mind, why would students need a higher screen resolution? No reason apart from traditional media consumption like movies and video games. As my opponent stated, these would be for use "in class" (specified in the resolution) so media consumption shouldn't be happening in the first place. In addition, Windows and Linux-based systems offer a greater amount of useful applications not available on OS X, mostly heavy number crunching ones as seen in many workplaces. (In addition, you can port almost anything to Linux from another OS using a utility program such as Wine).

As I have shown that Macbooks are overpriced, and a waste of taxpayer dollars, in addition to the fact that Windows and Linux systems are far superior, I urge a strong negative vote

Thank you
Debate Round No. 1
Jalarcon4

Pro

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Tuft64

Con

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Debate Round No. 2
Jalarcon4

Pro

Well as my piano teacher said that the apple app store has the most app and mainly a lot of photo and music writing app are on the app store. You can also get a old model for cheap that's running the latest software. There are also refurbished ones that might have a ding but are still working. The school could also have parents pith in a buck or two so that they can get them. They could also have fund raising to get them. For instance my school did a fundraiser to get teacher wishes and more Promethean boards. We could also pay them off as the year goes on. There could also have restrictions that are active on school grounds but they could lighten them at home to go on social networks
Tuft64

Con

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