Iâ€™m defending the iPad. Not because Iâ€™m an Apple fanboy. Not because Iâ€™m going to buy one. But because I think thereâ€™s potential to positively change the personal computing experience in a way that helps government sleep better at night. Iâ€™m not talking about the iPad itself, but what the App store can become via the iPad.
When my son turned three, we got him a bike with training wheels. He did quite well, but when it came time to take off those training wheels, he violently refused. Even a three year-old knew that going from four wheels down to two would increase his chances of falling from zero to incredibly high. Thatâ€™s because training wheels arenâ€™t actually training wheels. Theyâ€™re impeding wheels. They rob you of the chance to learn balance, which is the most important lesson in riding a bike. It doesnâ€™t matter how good you can pedal or steer, you have little chance of success if you canâ€™t balance.