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Re: Blackboards vrs. Whiteboards

Chris Farrar (
Wed, 30 Mar 2005 17:04:38 -0500 wrote about Subject: Blackboards vs. Whiteboards
on Date: 30 Mar 2005 10:25:59 -0800

> I heard my school district will modernize and replace the classic
> "blackboard" (or greenboard) with modern 'whiteboards'. I can't help
> but wonder if this is a dumb idea.

> AFAIK, blackboards last forever. Lots of old schools still have their
> original ones. In contrast, whiteboards seem sensitve to nicks and
> scrapes.

> I believe black/greenboards cost less than whiteboards.

> But most significantly is the chalk vs. marker.

> Chalk is much cheaper than markers. Markers always run out quickly.
> Someone forgets and uses the wrong kind permanently staining the
> whiteboard.

> Lastly, markers have that weird chemical smell.

> Seems to me there's nothing wrong with blackboards and nothing to be
> gained by whiteboards.

> Thoughts anyone?

Well, blackboards do generate chalk dust. And the way kids seem to
have alergies to almost everything under the sun, and parents that
will file contingency lawsuits if someone looks at their kids funny, I
wonder if it is to head off lawsiuts that the chalk dust is causing
Johnny's asthma to act up.


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