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UPDATED: May 6, 2013 NO. 19 MAY 9, 2013
Is It Time to Popularize E-Schoolbags?

Do not rush to introduce

Peng Fang (www.iqilu.com): E-schoolbags present students with more vivid pictures and richer information than traditional books, and thus helps stimulate an interest in learning. However, they have also brought many problems.

On one hand, e-schoolbags help save paper and wood resources, and schoolbags will thus become lighter. Nevertheless, the new problem is that students' eyesight is deteriorating due to the overuse of computers.

E-schoolbags are a fresh thing, which young students are always curious about. The cyber world is so interesting that it poses a challenge to teachers on how to keep focus in class, instead of being distracted by the rich games and stories on the Internet. Also, it's important to prevent students from searching for answers on the Internet while doing homework.

Electronic products can never replace conventional books. Indeed, it's more convenient and fast to type on computers, but computer writing can never totally replace handwriting. In hand writing, students gradually get to know the structure of Chinese characters and this will help to strengthen their memory. However, this goal is unreachable when you use computers.

E-schoolbags are very much welcomed, but schools should take a prudent attitude toward this double-edge razor. It's unwise to rush into e-schoolbags for fashion's sake.

Han Shinan (Qilu Evening News): New attempts should be encouraged to reach the original goal of reducing burdens on students and improving education quality. Schools should try to avoid the side effects of e-schoolbags.

Nowadays, students in either colleges or primary schools are all frequently using electronic products like mobile phones and tablet computers. As a result, their eyesight is seriously damaged. Therefore, while trying to push forward e-schoolbags, schools must learn lessons from the side effect of such electronics, so as to better protect students.

Reading and writing are a very important skills for students. The experience of reading on paper is totally different from on computers, which will lead to different ways of thinking. Meanwhile, writing is equally important. On computers, you can't tell how a person's handwriting is, because everyone writes in the same style. This is harmful to student development.

To lighten students' schoolbags, the key is education reform and not the use of e-schoolbags.

Zong Chunshan (Peninsula City News): E-schoolbags may be used in class, but they can never replace traditional reading and writing. In primary and middle schools, traditional writing needs to be further improved.

Chinese characters are important to Chinese culture. The structure and strokes of characters contain rich culture, which are easy to understand and remember. To write them by hand will help inspire new ideas, improve understanding and strengthen memory. Writing Chinese characters during adolescence will even help develop one's intelligence.

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