Laptop Nationwide and a Systemic Problem
by Bill Bolton
Reference to New Your Times
On September 2, 2006, Bill Kinney,
a commentary for the
Marietta Daily Journal, located
in Cobb County, reports:
" ... A lengthy story in Thursday's
[August 31, 2006] Wall
Street Journal cited Cobb as
part of a nationwide backlash ... Opponents of the
laptop base their complaints on such
programs' cost, lack of proven results,
and inability to keep students from accessing
inappropriate content. ...
Cobb Superior court ... ruled
against ... plan and a ... grand
jury is now investigating ... ."
Apple Computer Not Fairly Judged
Because the Cobb laptop project was
the Apple computer was not fairly judged
or allowed to prove itself,
especially in stopping children from
"accessing inappropriate content."
Well Intentioned Lawyers Spoiling the Soup
Because we the people are not
taught to look at the legal issues of a
case, lawyers end up battling
over computer technicalities
in which they are
A Proper Panel Never Obtained
A panel of ten local experts from
Cobb County should have been selected
to evaluate the computer project created
by the Cobb School
System. What they have now is a randomly
selected Grand Jury looking for
criminal intent. It is like using
a hammer to fix a watch.
Is Monopolistic Bar at Fault?
My issue is that we the people need to be
taught legal procedures in
high school, so that
when we need to use our
courts, we can.
For the famous equity case that
is mentioned above, a pro bono lawyer
and a representative citizen
stepped up and filed.
This is not the usual situation nor was
it the situation before the pro-bono
We the people are appreciated of the
pro-bono, but we are not appreciative
that we had to rely on it.
Was Johnstone Wrongly Removed?
Then there is Johnstone,
the school board member
who was central to the Cobb laptop
project but who lost the primary
for her re-election bid.
Was that a fair primary for her?
Everything is Wrong, Maybe a Ripening
A ripening of sorts may be brewing that
starts to look at the interaction of
the people with the government and
the need for the people to know law
As indicated above,
there is a "nationwide backlash",
where the aspect of the "nationwide"
increases the importance
of the people needing court knowledge,
and hence ripens
the courts to require
high schools to teach legal procedures.
My case against the Cobb County school board's
deals with all U.S. schools
none of which teach us
how to use the legal system to fight
such a project. This is especially
true if such a project
were to become a mind control system,
as this could become.
Important here, is that the strength of the
individual can protect one's self against
Public Opinion and Your Input
half the nation feels that other
groups should protect them.
In contrast, I hope you will start
talking about how
our education should entitle us
to some knowledge on how to use our
legal system. Your subtle speaking
on such an issue is so important. Such
actions are respective of the JJ-Nation*
that wants individuals to be legally and