Bill Gates thrashes the public school system every chance he can. It’s antiquated and in need of serious upgrades.
So, the Philadelphia school system came calling. And Bill put his idea where his mouth is.
After three years of planning, the Microsoft Corp.-designed “School of the Future” opened its doors Thursday, a gleaming white modern facility looking out of place amid rows of ramshackle homes in a working-class West Philadelphia neighborhood.
The school is being touted as unlike any in the world, with not only a high-tech building — students have digital lockers and teachers use interactive “smart boards” — but also a learning process modeled on Microsoft’s management techniques.
Complete integration of technology, laptops in every childs hands, and tools unlike any high school teacher has ever had. It would seem that there are a lot of excited people about this in Philadelphia and it’s gaining the eyes of many around the U.S. as they wait to see just how successful(or not) it will be.
I think it’s a great idea. If properly executed and funded, it could truly become the “high school of the future.” Unfortunately, our public school systems have a long history of starting programs only to cut funding year after year the program withers and dies. Will the city have the determination to continue to give the school full funding which most likely includes new laptops every other year, new equipment for the school almost as often, and not see an uprising? If it is successful, it could become the blueprint for “future” schools in cities across the states and even worldwide.
Oh, and it certainly wouldn’t hurt Microsoft’s image at all either.