By Ralph Hipp
Grab a copy of most any Kansas newspaper these days, and the headline screams about that newspaper's hometown school district desperately searching for answers on making up hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, in school funding from the state. Cost per pupil isn't being covered and that's turning into programs being eliminated, teachers being fired, schools being closed!
And this from newspapers that are hanging on for dear life to keep printing their daily editions!
Folks, what pops into your head when you see all this? Do we need to brace ourselves (and our kids??) for a world without newspapers? Then, how do we save our schools? Can we?
I'm envisioning a 21st or 22nd Century (I won't be here for that next one, by the way..) where kids never leave home. All their schooling is done from home on computer programs provided by the state, with proof that they've successfully completed the work. People who used to be teachers can be individually hired tutors. When their homework is finished, they can sit down for a while and read what "used to be" the daily newspaper, clicking on as we do now to update ourselves instantaneously on the headlines.
Scary? Exciting? You be the judge. Ralph