I was inspired by a few answers in a recent RG thread (see link), whether the children are carrying heavy school bags.
As people from many countries have echoed views that children indeed are carrying heavy school bags, let us discuss about how we can alleviate the problem. A major cause for the heaviness of the school bags is carrying books and notebooks. So, I was thinking - why don't we remove the books and notebooks per se? (Except perhaps the lab records, which require signatures).
How this can be done? One simple way is the use of laptops. In India, most of the school text-books are made available on-line as E-books which can be downloadable free of cost. The kids may just store all these E-books of their standards in appropriate folders. This eliminates the need of carrying all subject books in the school bags!
We may request instructors to provide notes also in soft-copy (powerpoint, PDF or word files). So, this eliminates the need of taking notes in class also. One small note book to note down important points of all subjects may be enough. (This can be done directly in laptop also as kids may be knowing typing skills).
As laptops are very portable, kids may study at all places - canteens, cafetaria or even while watching sports games. This may promote continuous learning by kids.
I welcome views on this by RG friends especially Prof. Mahfuz, Krishnan, Barry, Marcel, Kamal, Abedallah, Roland, Nageswara Rao, Debi etc! Thanks!