Letter to the Editor

Preuss questions if physical schools becoming 'less useful with new technology'

To the Editor:

The economist Joseph Schumpeter said there is creative destruction in the economy that occurs in 50-year cycles, in which new industries are created but others destroyed.

From 1790 to 1840 it was the railroads. 1890 to 1940 it was electricity. 1940 to 1990 it was the automobile. 1990 to 2040 it is technology. The internet has altered the landline phone, the encyclopedia, dictionary and how we purchase our goods. Also in health and our education. Today we can obtain a college degree online.

While in Oklahoma a few years ago, the Daily Oklahoma City paper printed a story about virtual charter schools. They have an enrollment of 9,000 students who are being educated online.

I am only posing this question. If we spend $31 million on a physical plant, will it become less useful with the new technology? I do see us still needing classrooms for labs, shops, band, choir and sports. Will we need it for English, math, science or history? I wish I could look into the future to see the answer, but I can’t.

All I know is our educational system, as we know it today, will be altered. Just something to think about before our November vote.

Bill Preuss

 

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