• Students textbooks should be replaced with notebook computers.

    Students are falling asleep in there classes because all they do is read from there textbooks. Textbooks make you have to read A LOT. Kids these days do not want to read a lot. Plus you also use your notebook computer to write AND read. So that is why students textbooks should be replaced with notebook computers.

  • Yes, as a high school student, laptops would make life so much easier.

    Every year, students in school develop back problems due to carrying the overbearing weight of school textbooks in their book bags. The heavy, lagging weight of a backpack often causes long-term health issues and back pain for students. Aside from notebooks and binders, students also have to carry pencils, pens, and spare paper. The average high school student’s backpack weights between ten and twenty-five pounds, while the average laptop weights between three and eight pounds. A study directed by Brandon Macias of UCSD’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery decided that students often carry backpack loads of twenty-two percent of their body weight when it is only recommended to carry fifteen at most. While laptops are still expensive, ranging from 250-700 dollars each, the price of a single laptop compared to the cost of multiple textbooks is considerably less on the school district’s wallet. Textbooks usually cost around a hundred dollars or more, yet the information gets outdated quickly and schools have to dig out more cash to purchase up-to-date textbooks. With laptops, textbook publishers and teachers would be able to edit and update the information more easily on electronic copies of text. Teachers would be able to select certain pages of workbooks to use online, instead of buying whole workbooks that we only use half of.

  • The future technology

    It would improve a student's life significantly the everyday weight will be removed, you dont need artifitial light to see students also spend hours on searching for definitions and words witch will only take seconds with the notepad also it can hold thousands of 'pages'withou the need to chop down 1 tree when you use the notebook there is also no need to buy pens and pencils glue or booksalot of students suffer from back injurys thanks to the heavy bags they need to cary all the time alot more can be mentioned but this is the top phew, YES notepads SHOULD replace textbooks !.

  • Yes they should.

    I am a fifth grade student and I have computers and I say it is a lot easier than paper and pencil. Also there are more things on computers than paper. And a lot more to learn. Also computers stop the boring class time with textbooks and brings in technology.

  • They are more helpful and

    I am in the 10th grade going on 11th and I believe that textbooks should be replaced because students would be more engaged in their work because it is hands on and we wouldn't be flipping through old dusty pages all day. It also keeps people from cutting down trees which would cause us to have less clean oxygen. I also think it would help because it is a more organized way for your work.

  • Say BYE BYE to Textbooks

    Problems with textbooks:
    1) They are WAY to HEAVY. (Second graders shouldn't have back problems and scoliosis.)
    2) They CONSTANTLY need to be UPDATED. (Electronic textbooks can be updated easier and can reach the students almost instantly.)
    3) Textbooks are made of TREES. (Just think of how many trees could be saved by using tablets or laptops.)

  • Go away textbooks

    I think there should be notebooks only because there are kids with back and arm pain from carrying to many books to their next class for 2 classes later only because their locker is not by them but if you have a laptop that is all you need only because you can make seperate folders for each class and the teacher can email you the assignment and you can type in the answers then print it or email it back to them.

  • It's only logical

    Textbooks cost a LOT more than a laptop (200-750). Not to mention the textbooks get outdated and have to be replaced, and weight difference of textbooks to a simple four pound laptop. Doctors say only 15% of one's body weight should be on their back. High school students have 20-25%

  • Yes it should

    Textbooks are really bad. They get worn out faster than you think!!! And notebook computers would be better. No more wasting pencils, lead for mechanical pencils. It will just be better with notebook computers instead of textbooks. Textbooks kinda get on my nerves and notebook comoputers don't. I hate textbooks!!!

  • Yes they should

    People can type better on tablets, handwriting would not matter. Better prepared for life. Textbooks can get worn out. Can't lose homework. Pads take up less space. Saves paper and Ink cartridges. No pencil sharpening. 1000's of apps. Dictionary on board. It would be a lot less space taking than desktop computers.

  • Costs are prohibitive.

    I don't think the people who suggest this have any concept of how over-stretched school budgets already ARE. Teachers are paid crap, the school runs with partial staff, and teachers have to often buy classroom materials out of their own pockets. Who is going to pay for laptops for every student? TExtbooks can be used for a much longer period of time and go through multiple students.
    Of course, thinking you can get everything you need to know online is naive. You'd still need to have reputable sites with as much information as a textbook- which you would only get if textbook makers started publishing online content, which you'd then also have to pay for.
    You also have the problem of damage and loss- if the kid's entire curriculum is on one computer that they must haul everywhere, how many are going to be damaged and need replacing?

  • Ugh! For goodness sake!

    Is nothing sacred nowadays? Does everything have to be new and modern and up-to-date for it to be okay to go ahead with? Children are leaving schools with some of the lowest literate rates in decades today, all thanks to the computer. Why on earth would we replace the very things that taught us at school with those things?

  • Too easy to slack off.

    Well, first off, a laptop computer has many functions beyond just typing, which makes it very easy for a student to not pay attention to what the teacher is saying.

    It is also a fact that typing degrades handwriting quality. While this isn't objectively an issue, since we type up a lot of official things anyway, it's just something personal that sways me on the issue. I love good handwriting.

    And last, but not least, a laptop puts a physical barrier between the student and the teacher, which inhibits not only interaction between teacher and student, but also the student's inherit learning ability.

    Oh, and keyboard clacking is more distracting than pen strokes in my opinion

  • I say no

    I believe that having text books is better than having note book computers and these are my reasons:
    1.The computers cost a lot
    2.Some people/kids would rather read than type
    3.Text books give you more information
    4.The note book computers can hurt some people
    5. A lot of people get headaches

  • No, textbooks shouldn't be replaced by notebook computers.

    These days most of the people are living with electronic devices like mobile phones. If even textbooks are replaced by computers, students would be sticking with computers at least 4~5 hours at the school. And if this happens, then this will become the next concern for the students. It might cause serious illnesses to the students

  • They are horrible

    First of all, they damage brain cells. Looking at a screen for any period of time kills brain cells. Also, students can lie to teachers by playing games on them during class. Finally, they can be a GIGANTIC distraction for you if you also text or own social media apps on it.

  • No, they shouldnt

    They shouldnt because they shouldnt. It is a distraction to other students and to the teachers. It requires more responsiblity than a regular textbook. It also cant keep track of your stuff as well because the stuff could get lost or deleted. That is all i can think of at the moment.

  • Not at all.

    That is a horrible idea. Think about the the families who can't afford to get their child a computer or the families with multiple kids. What are they going to do if they can't get one? Just sit there and try to follow along in a textbook?
    Also kids will get distracted very easily having access to games and the internet right in front of them.

  • The world is too irresponsible and unappreciative

    With the current budget of most american public schools, the schools will always try and find the cheapest alternatives will usually take a year or two to be completed. The schools won't trust students with hundred dollar devices and will often find kids having problem within the first month, mostly because they either "accidentally" broke it. And after just a year, schools will often find their students complain about these devices because of their poor capabilities of not being able to do things they want like play games, when they're supposed to use it for school. Want to bet some kid decides to hack or jailbreak their device or slack off, and all kids running for class president will put, " get better computers or tablets " in their campaigns.

  • I say NO

    I agree with the others that say no to replacing textbooks.
    First of all, I know its a space saver THATS ALL! It just save space and weight yet it cost so much to afford.Even If people think its more interesting that the standard textbooks, in my opinion the only thing students will do is just use social media sites pretending they pay attention to the lectures of the teacher TO KEEP THEM FROM FALLING ASLEEP!
    Next of all about the weight you can easily solve it by using lockers. Besides if you don't want that much load then try to limit the things you need to bring in school.Like removing the not necessary materials in it also again, lockers can do a lot of help.Then when going home you only need to bring the books needed for a reviewer or a homework.
    Next is that about the information,yes i know internet has up to date information but doesn't mean its completely reliable.Besides there are lot of cases of cyber bullying,scams and spams in the internet so think about using the internet wisely.
    Also, notebooks computers are comparably much more fragile than your standard text books. People here says that it cost much more to repair a book BUT NO they are wrong! Books are very completly easy to repair compare to laptop computers. You could just simply paste it with super glue on the binding and BAM you got yourself a repaired book! Also on notebook computers when it gets damage you really need to pay high just to get it fix. And my point is this simply throw a freaking book on the second floor of a building and it might be even barley scratched! But with notebook computers? Nah forget about using it after throwing it from the same height.
    My point is this
    people think that this new technology era will be much more efficent, safer and cheap. But no they are wrong. It does not mean you got awsome computers dosen't mean its better. Besides about being lazy to read? Haha if your too lazy to read on a book its still the same with the computer so nothing changes it. So next time you argue about this so-called era of notebook computers? Forget it, its not gonna help you as much compared to your plain but far more efficent,safer and cheaper textbook.
    Thats all guys and girls hope you understand my reasoning

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