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  • 1. What If . . .
  • 2. Students today can’t preparebark to calculate their problems. They depend on their slateswhich are more expensive. What will they do when the slate isdropped and it breaks? They will be unable to write!
  • 3. Teacher’s Conference 1703
  • 4. Students today depend on papertoo much. They don’t know how to write on a slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. They can’t clean aslate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper?
  • 5. Principal’s Association 1815
  • 6. Students today depend toomuch upon ink. They don’t know how to use a pen knife to sharpen a pencil. Pen and ink will never replace the pencil.
  • 7. National Association of Teachers 1907
  • 8. 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 orciphers until their next trip to the settlement. This is a sad commentary on modern education.
  • 9. The Rural American Teacher 1928
  • 10. Students today depend on these expensive fountain pens. They can no longer write with astraight pen and nib. We parentsmust not allow them to wallow in such luxury to the detriment oflearning how to cope in the real business world which is not so extravagant.
  • 11. PTA Gazette 1941
  • 12. 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.
  • 13. Federal Teachers 1950
  • 14. You can’t use those calculators on the test. If I let you do that,you wouldn’t ever learn how touse the tables in the back of the book and use interpolation to figure out your trig ratios.
  • 15. High School Math Teacher 1980
  • 16. We can’t let them use calculators in middle school. If we do, they’ll forget how to dolong division or how to multiply three digit numbers by threedigit numbers. What will they dowhen they don’t have access to a calculator?
  • 17. Middle School Math Teacher 1989
  • 18. Why are you writing a grant for a classroom set of graphing calculators? We’ll never be allowed to use them and – evenif we can – that’s only one class,and parents in other classes will never buy them for their students.
  • 19. High School Math Teacher 1993
  • 20. Why would you ever want theInternet for student use? It’s just the latest fad – have them use the library.
  • 21. District Employee 1995
  • 22. You don’t need a web page [forAHS]. Who’s ever going to look at it?
  • 23. District Employee 1995
  • 24. Teachers will never use email.
  • 25. Teacher on a District Committee 1996
  • 26. Why do you want network dropsat every teacher’s desk? You’re not thinking of getting a computer for all of them are you?
  • 27. Building Administrator 1999
  • 28. What can you do with an LCDProjector that you can’t do with an overhead projector?
  • 29. Member of SchoolAccountability Committee 1999
  • 30. Why are we talking aboutstudents having laptops in high school? I don’t think mostparents will even give their kids their old computer, much less buy them a new one.
  • 31. Member of Laptop Committee 2000
  • 32. Why would I want to put mygrades on the web? Who’s going to look at them?
  • 33. Teacher 2001
  • 34. I don’t think we’ll have a wireless network at AHS anytime soon.
  • 35. MeSpring 2005
  • 36. Turn off and put away all CellPhones, iPods, and Electronic Devices during class!
  • 37. Signs around AHS Fall 2006
  • 38. What If . . .We’d listened?