The Terminator Turns to the Textbooks
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided to do away with textbooks in favor of online ones, because kids today “get their information from the Internet, downloaded onto their iPods, and in Twitter feeds to their cell phones.” The question remains what effect will this have on students who may not have access to all that technology, and what the switch may wind up saving — or costing –the state.
In the first Terminator movie he tried to extinguish all human life. Now, as governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to make textbooks history in favour of digital formats.
Schwarzenegger, trying to plug a budget hole of $24.3bn (£15bn), thinks he can make savings by getting rid of what he decries as expensive textbooks. The governor is serious about an idea that might make Gutenberg turn in his grave. He appeared in class yesterday to push an idea he set out in the San Jose Mercury News newspaper.