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Old 09-08-2006, 10:00 AM   #1
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Default High School of the Future

The Philadelphia High School of the Future has opened, a joint project of Microsoft and the School District of Philadelphia.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer today, this new high school of about 700 students will not have a library, only a "Learning Resource Center" which will have almost no books. The students will be expected to do most of their research on the Internet.

The newspaper questions this approach, and the aversion to books. So do I.

What do you think? Can high school students who use the Internet and almost no books, succeed in today's colleges and universities?

If this concept catches on elsewhere, what does it mean for the future of publishing?
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It sounds like a perfectly ghastly library...'-}}

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According to The Philadelphia Inquirer today, this new high school of about 700 students will not have a library, only a "Learning Resource Center" which will have almost no books. The students will be expected to do most of their research on the Internet.
What a short-sighted approach.

Do they really envision a world in which the electricity and connection systems always work (especially this year — the NYC area has had thousands and thousands of people without power for days at a time in the past 30 days alone).

Where will the knowledge come from, I wonder? As a writer, I like to see a nice bunch of printed and bound paper result from my work. Intellectual property rights are a joke on the Internet.

And what about reading for pleasure? No matter how much progress we have made, I do not see curling up with a digital mystery novel! Or collection of poems.

Dumb, dumb, dumb.

   
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As KT says, it's dumb, dumb, dumb.

Had my high school been like that I doubt I would ever have discovered two of my favorite writers. Yes indeed, what about reading for pleasure??

   
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>>What do you think? Can high school students who use the Internet and almost no books, succeed in today's colleges and universities?

The cynic in me says yes, because the colleges and universities, many of them, will adjust themselves to the level of the students. How long could they last if they flunked out 80% of each incoming class?

The other bit in me tells the cynic to shut up and stop being so archetypically grouchy old fart.

   
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The cynic in me says yes, because the colleges and universities, many of them, will adjust themselves to the level of the students. How long could they last if they flunked out 80% of each incoming class?
Actually, if I had answered just that question, I would also have to say, sure — for most of them, anyway. (Wouldn’t expect them to do too well at my alma mater, Reed; but they are so traditional they refuse to give Newsweek information for its college ratings.)

But I don’t like the answer, or its implications.

   
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