Tuesday, October 17, 2006

At Philly 'Future' School, Books Are So 20th Century

I subscribe to NPR's Story of the Day Podcast and found this relevant gem today: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6210622

Follow the link to listen to, or read, the story.

Here's an excerpt:

"The classrooms have the appearance of corporate meeting rooms -- complete with video projectors. Hurst laughs as he describes the coolest thing: 'No pencils, no papers, no books. None.' Just laptops, which are standard issue at the school."

2 Comments:

At 9:30 PM, Blogger Belle And Sebastian said...

So we've gone from drilling into our students the idea that they will be our future factory workers to drilling into our students that they will be our future cubicle workers or endless meeting attenders. I think we need to maintain a connection to the written word, especially for our younger students. What will be lost for our culture will be the greatest joys of childhood if they never put pen to paper. How will they pass notes in class in the networked future? There goes the secret love note...

 
At 11:09 AM, Blogger Jamey said...

I agree with the first comment on the need to stay connected to the written word. What message are the students being sent when the school is basically saying print material is obsolete? However, I have to say the basic idea of providing students with real life exeriences is excellent. Let's face it, if it is extremely important today to be computer literate, imagine 15 years in the future.

 

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