Saturday, May 23, 2009

Just for Fun: Schools of the Future

In February of 1960, I wrote an article for my high school newspaper. The headline read: "School of the Future Pictured As A Luxury."

This particular spot on my blog has nothing to do with special education. I just thought it was fun to see what my 14-year-old self thought schools of the future would be like. See what you think:

There have been many improvements made since the year 1492. But there are still many things that aren't quite perfect. By the year 2000, the world will be changed so much that we, of the year 1960 will never know it. Here are a few of the changes which might be made.

In the morning you will be awakened with sweek music by your clock radio. It will need no electricity or batteries. It runs by cosmic rays from the sun. You, like other children of your day, will have your chores to do. So, you push a button. Your bed is made and your floor vacuumed by a robot housekeeper. Next you will pick your clothes for the day. Since they are made of paper, when they get dirty, you simply throw them away.

You then walk to the self-service elevator in your room and ride to the kitchen where you mother is busily ordering food by walkie-talkie. The food is sent from town kitchen by means of a disintegrator-integrater. Only very old-fashioned people cook their own meals now.

After you have finished breakfast, you will take a robot to school. Or, if you feel energetic, you canstep on the moving sidewalk which will take you right to the escolator steps of the school building. You don't have to worry about being late because you will be by yourself in a small room with all your supplies: a television set which won't be turned on until you get there and if you are late you will just stay in school that much longer.

Desks will be cushioned for the comfort of the pupil and lunch will be sent right to your classroom by the town kitchen.

Gym will be the only class from which you will have to leave your room. You'll ride on the "moving hallway," which has the same principle as the "moving sidewalks." The gymnasium converts into a swimming pool on alternate days. Some days instead of gym class, you will go to the recreation center where there will be ping pong tables, juke box, (the juke box will always be here) and a great big dance floor. This center can be rented out to youth groups.

At the basketball games, there is no need for referees. Fouls are detected by means of a radar system set up in the ceiling of the gym. The points are scored the same way. You can't boo the "ref" in this day and age.

Well, now that you've spent a day in the future would you like to live with all those modern conveniences? Your children may!

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