The school my children attend did choose to give out specially programmed tablets to allow their students to continue learning unabated via Zoom. They are learning almost the same amount of time as they would in school, and it is remarkable how well this is working out. Under the extenuating circumstances, it is not my place to disagree with the decision the school made.
At the same time, I fully agree with Rabbi Heschel’s main point: Even if the school will force my children to return these devices — which for now can only be used for Zoom — when this crisis finally ends, there is no turning back anymore. Once they have gotten used to these devices playing such a major role in their lives, they will never be satisfied without it. Eventually they will convince me to buy them one. It is only a question of buying time. It is a sad reality, but the reality nonetheless.
T.M., Queens, NY