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  1. What If . . .

  2. “Students today can’t prepare bark to calculate their problems. They depend on their slates, which are more expensive. What will they do when the slate is dropped and it breaks? They will be unable to write!”

  3. Discourse atTeacher’s Conference 1703

  4. “Students today depend on paper too much. They don’t know how to write on a slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. They can’t even clean a slate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper?”

  5. Discussion atPrincipal’s Association 1815

  6. “Students today depend too much upon ink we can make. 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 or ciphers 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 a straight pen and nib. We parents must not allow them to wallow in such luxury to the detriment of learning 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. American values of thrift and frugality are being discarded. Business and banks will never allow such expensive luxuries.”

  13. Federal Teachers Meeting 1950

  14. “You can’t use those calculatorson the test. If I let you do that, you wouldn’t ever learn how to use 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 do long division or how to multiply three digit numbers by three digit numbers. What will they do when 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 – even if we can – that’s only for one class, and parents in other classes will never buy them for their students.”

  19. High School Math Teacher 1993

  20. “All this emphasis on Internet in the classroom is a bunch of bunk. Why would you ever want the Internet for student use? It’s just the latest fad – Let them use the library.”

  21. District Leader 1995

  22. “We don’t need a school web page. Who is ever going to look at it? Our families in this district can’t afford computers and the Internet.”

  23. Many, Many Educators 1999

  24. “Teachers will never use email.”

  25. District TechnologyCommittee Member 1999

  26. “Why do you want network drops at every teacher’s desk? You’re not thinking about getting a computer for ALL of them, are you?”

  27. Building Administrator 2000

  28. “What can you do with an LCD Projector that you can’t do with an overhead projector?”

  29. Social Studies Teacher 2003

  30. “Why are we talking about students having laptops in high school? Most parents won’t even give their kids their old computer, much less buy them a new one.”

  31. Member of District Technology Committee 2004

  32. “I don’t think we need to have a wireless network in our schools anytime soon.”

  33. District Technology Director 2004 (no joke!)

  34. No, we will not allow high school students to earn credits with online classes. I don’t care what other systems are doing. We will never allow that here.”

  35. Associate Superintendent of a N.C. School System 2007 (Can you believe it???)

  36. What If . . . We had listened? http://thefischbowl.blogspot.com/