Sunday, September 6, 2009

A Book Free Education?

Remember the old tune that many students would sing at the end of the school year that starts with "No more pencils, no more books...?" Well it seems that the part about no more books is coming to fruition at the start of the school year at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, MA. As reported in the Boston Globe on Friday, the school started giving its books away last week in order to move towards a "bookless campus." The school is creating a new $500,000 Learning Center in the space that used to house its print collection of over 20,000 books.

I guess the question is whether Cushing is moving too fast in its efforts to jump on the 21st Century technology wave or are the rest of the schools out there not looking at implementing a similar model moving too slow?

One interesting perspective comes from BHS grad Tahleen Ovian on her blog.

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