Michigan Lawmakers Propose Free iPods For Every Student
A group of state legislators in Michigan has made a rather unorthodox proposal: They want the government to buy iPods or mp3 players for every public school student in the state.
The plan, which would cost $38 million of public funds, would designate the iPods as “learning tools,” and is part of a proposed budget by the state’s Democratic legislative caucus, the Detroit Free Press reported Friday. Numerous local blogs, as well as the editorial page of the Detroit News, quickly attacked the proposal, especially in light of a state budget deficit that is expected to approach $2 billion next year.
State Rep. Matt Gillard, a Democrat from Alpena, introduced the proposal. Gillard told the Web site Michigan Technology News that the iPods should be “incorporated into the learning process,” rather than merely making students turn off their mp3 players before entering the classroom.