Target: John King Jr., Secretary of Education
Goal: Modernize public schools by having them provide digital textbooks for students.
Technology has been progressing in leaps and bounds, but schools, which are supposed to teach our kids how to get by in the present world, lag behind. Most public schools still use traditional textbooks, which are often outdated and can affect the health of students. Schools need to start providing digital textbooks so that students can receive the best learning experience as possible.
Textbooks are not cheap. And public schools need to buy thousands of them for their students. Most schools do not have much money in their budget to devote to textbooks, so they keep reusing old textbooks that are 20 years or more out-of-date. The books are left in deplorable conditions after years of use. Book spines are broken, pages are missing, inappropriate doodles are drawn all throughout the books, and they always somehow get covered in a mysterious, sticky black substance. A student cannot learn much from an outdated book that is about to fall apart.
Textbooks can also harm the health of students. Each book is very heavy, averaging 3.5 pounds. With about six classes, that totals 21 pounds, assuming classes only require one textbook. The weight of all these books can cause chronic back pain, which is not good for the development of these young children’s bodies.
Digital textbooks are much cheaper, so schools can provide information that is up-to-date, and there is no way the file can be subjected to wear-and-tear. They also alleviate the back problems that traditional textbooks cause. All a school has to do is give a disc, USB drive, download link, or other device with a PDF of the textbook on it, and the student is ready to start learning. Schools can still offer textbooks for students without a computer, but even then the school will not need to buy as many textbooks as before.
Our children need the best, most up-to-date education they can get. Demand that public schools start providing digital textbooks.
Dear Secretary King,
We live in a modern world, so our children need a modern education. Yet they are being held back by old, outdated textbooks. In order to give students the best education they can get, public schools need to start providing digital textbooks.
Digital textbooks are superior in that they are cheaper, more accurate, and lighter than traditional textbooks. With the significantly lower prices of digital textbooks, schools could afford to buy newer editions every few years instead of clutching on to 20-year-old books. Students also would not have to suffer through chronic back pain that carrying textbooks as they can just download a PDF from a link, disc, or USB drive.
The modern world is constantly changing, and our children cannot afford to be left behind. Please have public schools start to provide digital textbooks.
[Your Name Here]
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