Archive for April 25th, 2009

A bit of future coming from the past…

Saturday, April 25th, 2009 by Roberto Saracco

It’s Saturday, a bit of relax with some concerns on the future coming from the past, as an help to laugh a bit, and to think a bit on what we say: could it be the laughing stock of tomorrow?


Students today can’t prepare bark to calculate their problems. They depend on their slates which are more expensive. What will they do when the slate is dropped and it breaks? They will be unable to write!”

Teacher’s Conference, 1703


Students today depend on paper too much. They don’t know how to write on a slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. They can’t clean a slate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper?”

Principal’s Association, 1815


Students today depend too much upon ink. They don’t know how to use a pen knife to sharpen a pencil. Pen and ink will never replace the pencil.”

National Association of Teachers, 1907


Students today depend upon store bought ink. They don’t know how to make their own. When they run out of ink they will be unable to write words or ciphers until their next trip to the settlement. This is a sad commentary on modern education.”

The rural American Teachers, 1928


Students today depend on these expensive fountain pens. They can no longer write with a straight pen and nib. We parents must not allow them to wallow in such luxury to the detriment of learning how to cope in the real business world which is not so extravagant

PTA Gazette, 1941


Ballpoint pens will be the ruin of education in our country. Students use these devices and then throw them away. The American values of thrift and frugality are being discarded. Business and banks will never allow such expensive luxuries

Federal Teachers, 1950


You can’t use those calculators on the test. If I let you do that, you wouldn’t ever learn how to use the tables in the back of the book and use interpolation to figure out your trig ratios.”

High School Math Teacher, 1980


We can’t let them use calculators in middle school. If we do, they’ll forget how to do long division or how to multiply three digit numbers by three digit numbers. What will they do when they don’t have access to a calculator?

Middle School Math Teacher, 1989


Why are you writing a grant for a classroom set of graphing calculators? We’ll never be allowed to use them and –even if we can- that’s only one class, and parents in other classes will never buy them for their students.”

High School Math Teacher, 1993


Why would you ever want the Internet for student use? It’s just the latest fad – have them use the library.”

District Employee, 1995


You don’t need a web page for [xyz]. Who’s ever going to look at it?

District Employee, 1995


Teachers will never use email

Teacher on a District Committee, 1996


Why do you want network drops at every teacher’s desk? You are not thinking of getting a computer for all of them, are you?”

Building Administrator, 1999


What can you do with an LCD Projector that you cannot do with an overhead Projector?

Member of School Accountability Committee, 1999


Why are we talking about students having laptops in high school? I don’t think most parents will even give their kids their old computer, much less buy them a new one.

Member of laptop Committee, 2000


Why would I want to put my grades on the web? Who’s going to look at them?

Teacher, 2001


I don’t think we will have a wireless network at “xyz” anytime soon!

Dean, 2005


OK, did you laugh? Well, here is the challenge. Write some plausible statements that will look laughable in ten years time….


Here’s my pick:

-         Connectivity will never be free!

-         A wine bottle cooler with wifi connectivity: who will ever buy it?

-         Google will have no competition. They are here to stay!

-         People will never accept an electronic tag embedded in their body!


Now it’s your turn…