iPad use out of sync with LA charter school's philosophy

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The eighth-graders in Stephanie McGurk's class at Ocean Charter School began a recent day as they usually do: reciting a verse celebrating nature. Next, they played scales on recorders as they sat in a classroom furnished with wood furniture, lamps, wicker baskets, artwork and plants.

Then McGurk did something incongruous in a school that avoids plastic toys, let alone technology: She handed each student an iPad.

By chance, Ocean Charter, a Westside school based on the Waldorf educational philosophy, became part of the much-debated $1-billion effort to provide an iPad to every student and teacher in the Los Angeles USD.

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