iPad-based Steve Jobs schools can count on parliamentary support

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A new Dutch primary education system, based on Apple's iPads, plans to launch 11 schools in August and can count on majority support in parliament, the Volkskrant reported on Saturday.

Each child at a Steve Jobs school will be given an iPad at the age of four and allowed to decide what and when to learn. Teachers will take the role of coaches rather than lesson-givers.

'The school is no longer confined to fixed school holidays. Care and school merge together and the buildings will be open from 07.30 to 18.30 every day,' the organisation says on its website.

So far the foundation behind the schools, which was set up by opinion pollster Maurice de Hond, has plans to open 11 institutions at the start of the next school year. Three will be located in Amsterdam, with others in Sneek, Emmen, Almere, Breda, Maastricht, Heenvliet and Amstelveen.


The Education for a New Era foundation (ON4T) has the support of several prominent educationalists as well as Vodafone and publisher ThiemeMeulenhoff, the Volkskrant says.

De Hond says the school philosophy is based on the 'toddler revolution' in which all children are now growing up with tablet computers.

The starting point of this new educational concept is 'the development of the individual child', De Hond told the paper. 'But this approach can only work by using the newest soft and hardware, such as the iPad'.


The Volkskrant asked all the parties represented in parliament for their thoughts on the new project and found almost universal approval, apart from the anti-immigration PVV.

A spokesman for the ruling Liberal VVD told the paper: 'Education cannot stand still while the world around us is changing, particularly in terms of technology'. Socialist Party spokesman Jasper van Dijk said 'learning words by rote has had its day'.

The PVV, however, says it is extremely concerned about the new school policy. Harm Beertma, who worked in education for 34 years, said the schools are an experiment and young children will be the victims.

'Everyone is talking about the Einstein generation as if a new sort of person has developed,' Beertma said.

© DutchNews.nl

3 Comments To This Article

  • MV posted:

    on 18th June 2013, 13:49:42 - Reply

    All just part of the Apple cult religion that so many of us now follow.
    Clearly not for those parents that have not forgotten that children need real-life adventures, access to nature, carefully designed traditional manipulatives as a foundation that serves them for the rest of their life. Yes of course ipads are pretty cool fun but come on, at the end of the day they are a poor substitute for real life experience.
  • Pavan posted:

    on 10th June 2013, 16:47:04 - Reply

    The light radiation from the iPad is very bad for the kids. And using it for studying through out the year? Insane. By reaching the age of 20 every kid will have a contact lens to wear and hope there will be iLens business to solve the new problems.
  • Roger Sims posted:

    on 10th June 2013, 16:17:30 - Reply

    Bit late for Aprils fools surely.