ONE OF THE most controlled societies in the world, dubbed Disneyland with the death penalty, has decided to give its school kids a free shiny toy made by one of the most controlled companies in the world run by the bloke who has more shares in Disney than any other individual.
Four schools in the wealthy city-state have begun handing out Apple Ipads to kids with the idea that they will not need to carry satchels full of heavy textbooks and notes.
Instead they will have to carry a heavy piece of gear with a screen that can't be seen in Singapore's sunshine.
According to Reuters, Nanyang Girls High School has spent $100,000 to buy 150 Ipads for 140 students and 10 teachers in a pilot project.
Seah Hui Yong, dean of admissions at Nanyang Girls school, said the Ipad was chosen because it complemented a new method of teaching under which students are given more freedom to learn themselves, instead of relying solely on the teacher in traditional classrooms.
She insists that it is not about being Apple fans. In fact when a cheaper and better tablet comes along, Jobs' Mob might get the boot.
There are some concerns about making sure that the girls are going to appropriate websites, also making sure that the girls don't get addicted to the device. However we doubt that young Singapore girls will have the strength to hold one up long enough to get addicted to it. µ