, Salem, MA


March 19, 2014

Letter: Smartboards vs. smart kids

To the editor:

Many years ago my three sons attended Smith School in Danvers. There were no smartboards, and the few partitions that were in place left a gap between the partition and the ceiling.

While I am definitely for keeping up the aesthetics of a school, I do not understand why so many people seem to equate smartboards with smart kids.

The equation for a successful student is, in my mind, a combination of a child that is sent to school well rested, well fed and has an intelligent teacher to greet him or her each morning inside the classroom.

Smartboards and all the bells and whistles are wonderful accoutrements to the modern classroom, yet Smith School has turned out many a smart student in the past without a single smartboard.

Let us not confuse skilled teaching and able-to-learn students with flash-and-dazzle technology.

Cynthia Calabrese


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