Why Wait Till 2020? The Future is Here in Some Schools

| April 14, 2011 | 5 Comments
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Wiseburn School District

The nonbelievers continue to express their doubts about how schools will change in the future, in response to “21 Things That Will be Obsolete in 2020.”

One reader wrote:

I’m sorry but this could be the 21 dumbest predictions I’ve ever seen. You really think that in ten years paper will be obsolete, buildings will somehow decrease in size, all students in the country will be taking algebra in middle school, all parents will somehow learn to use technology, curriculum will be entirely revamped, bioscans will take attendance, etc. I actually laughed at this. I think that most of these won’t even be true in the next 50 years let alone 10. You probably believe that gasless flying cars will be the norm by 2015 too, huh?

The best response comes from a reader who’s already living these predictions: Kris Storrey, from Wiseburn School District in Los Angeles.

Head’s up. We are a Los Angeles public low-income school. All our textbooks are online, all our tests are done online, every student has to do multiple PowerPoints a year, our gradebooks are online with parents logging in weekly, our students create yearly portfolios (some of which are digital), every teacher has a website, 90% of all students complete algebra by the end of 8th grade, the combo home-school/independent online K-8 school operates out of an office at the local charter high school, and homework only counts for max 10% of a students grade (some classes, zero).  It’s already here.

And just to clarify, Storrey adds that approximately 40 percent the students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and students come from surrounding low-income neighborhoods.

“It’s not a wealthy district, but we are ‘en-RICH-ed.’”

Any other similar stories out there that the future is here?

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  • Amyreneejune

    I work in a school in rural NC (low-income, at-risk students) where the students don’t use textbooks, work is all online, grades are available in real time, and students learn the curriculum through projects that involve tech like building apps, creating video games, and creating geocaching events for the community. All projects are presented to community experts in the content.

  • Saidi Smeenk

    Tina, i read it. I find you are to milt. It will be way harder then what you say. :) and i am loving it…..

  • Annabelle Howard

    My nonprofit’s Common Core Digital Drama Festival was used by a Title 1 elementary school in New Britain, CT, and they did a 10-week exploration of the 17th century classic Spanish play LIFE IS A DREAM which ended in a performance and a news story by NBC :D http://www.bigfuneducation.org/
    CT has the largest achievement gap in the country. New Britain tests at the bottom of all school districts in CT. However, through digital and real-world activities these students became deeply knowledgeable and emotionally aware of the storyline and themes of forgiveness, loyalty, honor, and fate.

    If you do a search of the CCSS you’ll find that “nonfiction” shows up 22 times; “fiction” appears 26 times; and “drama” shows up 58 times. Let’s bring drama back to the classroom, America! Kids love it.

  • deserteacher

    Kudos to Kris Storrey’s school district. The leadership, as well as all the staff, must be energetic, dedicated and enthralled with the concept of reaching all their kids. Congrats to the parents,t oo.

  • @cappiescorner

    I teach kindergarten online. Cappiescorner.weebly.com