A big thanks to my sister for pointing this article out to me.
Cushing Academy, an elite New England prep school, is entering into a very interesting academic experiment: removing the books from their library...
click here to read the article from boston.com
I don't really know what to say. It's scandalous, but could it also be the vanguard?
Last weekend in class, a cohort member raised the question: why don't all libraries digitize their collections. The room got hot. Not many people agreed with him, brought it brought up a lot of things to think about.
Will the change from reading a book to reading a devise have any affect on cognitive development and the way we learn? What about phyisical affects, such as the affect on the student's developing eyesight?
Why spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to preserve a few books when you could spend the same amount of to upload all of the information to a hard drive? Will books simply become cultural artifacts? I think back to the invention of the written word, and how many papyrus scrolls must have been in circulation, relative to the global population, and how few of them remain in museum collections.
What is going to happen when electronic readers are obsolete?
my stomach hurts....
it will be interesting to revisit Cushing Acadamy at the end of the school year, in five years, in ten, to see how things pan out...