A Sydney school has dumped iPads and gone back to using old-fashioned textbooks in a bid to improve comprehension and reduce distractions.

Reddam House Private School will phase out iPads and introduce a bring-your-own device policy with a preference for laptops.

Surprisingly, the school says that feedback from students has been that they prefer pages to screens.

The change is despite claims from experts that removing technology from the classroom is not a good idea.

“I think we need to prepare kids for the workforce, which will include tablet devices” says Sunrise Psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg.

“We’ve got to make sure they have the skills to use the devices in the workforce”

Many people argue it is certainly not setting kids up for the way of the future. Some argue as with anything a good balance is the key!

What do you think?

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  • A combination of both would be a good idea!

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  • Fantastic idea!

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  • Oh good! I honk that’s great, I really don’t want my kids going to a school who uses iPads etc. I’m sure in the later years of high school would be the best time to learn how to use them in the workforce!

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  • I approve! I’ve been trying to get my daughter to use textbooks for months!

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  • Hear hear! There is nothing like a good old fashioned book to learn from.

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  • Thank goodness for this! Every where and other school should take note. They are destroying our children’s brains. They can’t even write anymore, we’re make them degenerates

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  • I agree with balance with all things.

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  • I know a school that insists pupils have laptops, I’m not sure from which Year. My friend’s daughter changed schools for year 6 and had to have a laptop.

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  • Kids will still have computer and technology classes I’m sure they won’t be left behind. It’s important to remember there is more than one way to do things.

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  • My daughter uses a laptop now that she is in high school. Never an iPad.

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  • I think it is important for children to learn that books are still very valuable and sometimes a more reliable source of information as there are many websites which are inaccurate. I think it is important for children to be literate with printed text, but I completely understand that they also need to gain the IT skills needed for the future. I believe that they can still gain this knowledge at high school and through their home use.


    • Excellent insight into websites and information.

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  • I think you can make sure they are ready for the workforce in high school. It is not necessary to start in primary school. I think books are fine. I never used a computer until High School. I also learnt to use a typewriter which was soon not needed. So I think giving kids and parents that choice of either is fine.

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  • A balance is key, we can’t avoid or ignore technology it’s the future

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  • I think a healthy balance of books and screen time sets them up well for the future. However if they use laptops then that’s even better than ipads for kids.

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  • balance is a good approach and I love books

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