Once again I watched my 11 year old son take off to school with a rucksack that would best a circus strongman. There's been lots written about the detrimental long term effects on the posture and spines of young people lugging so much around. Why does this still happen?
I was playing around with one of the newest Sony e-readers, which got me thinking. You could probably fit every book needed for the entire 4-6 years of high school on one of these. Probably weighs less than a hardback novel.
I'll doubtless soon hear of some intiative in Norway or Tokyo where they give them to all school kids. Publishers and government there will work together to ensure the national curriculum is cleared for use and loaded up, ready for the wee cherubs to start learning. It would be good to see this happen here in Scotland. A technological innovation which cuts back on trees for paper, and helps our children avoid postural problems in later life.
Meantime - I would love to think the e-reader (or whoever corners this market) takes off, and the publishers, particularly those that publish the school books, get these digital real soon. Maybe I can get my son a loaded e-reader for his final year, ready to limp off to university.