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Sun Aug 12, 2012, 05:36 AM

 

Isaac Asimov predicted corporate school 'reform' in 1951

Short story 'The Fun They Had'

http://transformingclassrooms.pbworks.com/f/thefuntheyhad.pdf


This wonderful short story, written in 1951, involves kids in the year 2157. They look with envy at their forefathers who actually went to a school building and read real books. Enjoy it but realize this future shock may be upon us long before 2157 if the Joel Klein's and Michael Bloomberg's of the world have their way.

An excerpt for you:

Margie went into her schoolroom. It was right next door to her bedroom, and the mechanical teacher was on and waiting for her. It was always on at the same time every day except for Saturday and Sunday, because her mother said little girls learned better if they learned at regular hours.

The screen was lit up and it said: Today's arithmetic lesson is on the addition of proper fractions. Please insert yesterday's homework in the proper slot.

Margie did so with a sigh. She was thinking about the old schools they had when her grandfather's grandfather was a boy. All the kids from the whole neighborhood came, laughing and shouting in the schoolyard, sitting together in the schoolroom, going home together at the end of the day...

And the teachers were people.


http://iceuftblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/isaac-asimov-predicted-results-of.html


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Sun Aug 12, 2012, 11:11 AM

1. I sometimes start the school year with this story.

It's a good example of irony for tweens.

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Sun Aug 12, 2012, 12:46 PM

2. What year was Invasion of the Body Snatchers? n/t

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