Just a couple comments on MLK school in Utica distributing netbooks to all students
First, they can be a distraction from the essential learning that must take place in the elementary years. One school district in the Syracuse area already tried something similar with laptops, and abandoned the project.
Second, they are conditioning students to become dependent on electronic media for their knowledge rather than print media. Electronic media can be easily changed as anyone familiar with "find and replace" commands in writing software can attest. Are we setting up our children for government manipulation?