Children in public schools all over the country are being introduced to computers. Who can say what tomorrow's school curriculum will be like? Will the computer be the tool of learning? Will textbooks become museum pieces?
Possibly the only one to remember the "old days" of pencils and books will be Granny. And there could even be communications to computer-access parents, like this:
Transmit: PS 102 to Mr and Mrs Ralph James
It is a delight having a superior student like Patrick in my class. He is eager to learn and his computer skills are good for a third-grader. He excels in computer math and computer language. He can read programs easily and will soon be able to construct some higher level ones of his own. I know this will be a good year for the whole class. If you have any questions, please transmit them directly. Miss Thompson **End Trans.** Transmit: James, R to PS 102
Thank you for the progress report on Patrick. He talks of his class enthusiastically and we're so pleased with the skills he's learned. He is eager to start the new computer music and art lessons the school has added to the basic third-grade curriculum. **End Trans.** Transmit: James, R to PS 102
Please excuse Patrick early today. We are taking him to visit his grandmother for winter vacation. As Mrs. James Sr. lives in an older home and doesn't have computer access, we'll make sure Patrick gets his school work done when we return. Thank you. **End Trans.** Transmit: PS 102 to Mr and Mrs Ralph James
I am concerned about Patrick being so tired lately. Maybe he is spending too much time at homework. A boy his age needs to play video games with other children. Miss Thompson **End Trans.** Transmit: James, R to PS 102
We too have noticed that Patrick is a bit listless and spends a lot of time in his room. Perhaps his allergy to dust is bothering him as he was exposed to a good deal of it when exploring his grandmother's attic during vacation. **End Trans.** Transmit: PS 102 to Mr and Mrs Ralph James
Patrick completes his computer assignments as usual, but he is starting to ask questions that I am unable to answer. Can you shed some light on this matter? Miss Thompson **End Trans.** Transmit: James, R to PS 102
We are grateful for transmission about our son Patrick, and we'll try to find ways to help him at home. He has his own computer terminal. We even allow him extra time in the evenings to work on some new project he says he has found. Please keep us informed as to how we can help further. **End Trans.** Transmit: PS 102 to Mr and Mrs Ralph James
Patrick is now using language in the classroom that is upsetting the other children. Maybe you can talk with him and explain about using four-syllable words and extended sentences. Miss Thompson **End Trans.** Transmit: James, R to PS 102
We have had a talk with Patrick about his language and we feel that he understands. We haven't heard him speak out at home, but we'll be looking out for the source of the problem. **End Trans.** Transmit: PS 102 to Mr and Mrs Ralph James
I am afraid I had to take the matter of Patrick's behavior to the principal. Today Patrick was caught "scribbling" with a pencil and a piece of paper. I am sorry, but this so disrupted class that I must ask you to look carefully at home to find out where Patrick is being led astray. If we cannot straighten out the problem, I feel Patrick will have to be put in a remedial class. Miss Thompson **End Trans.** Transmit: James, R to PS 102
Miss Thompson, we searched Patrick's room and couldn't find any more pencils or paper. Furthermore, he has been confined to the house and given extra work at the computer. We know he is a capable student and are trying to help him as best we can. **End Trans.**
"I wish I didn't have to make this call, Patrick."***
"Hello. Mrs. James? This is Miss Thompson, Patrick's teacher. I'm sorry to have to call you, but I've had to remove Patrick from class. Would you please come to the office to get him?
"He came to school today with a stack of dusty books!"