Re: RARA-AVIS: "all those crappy books"

From: Patrick King (
Date: 16 Nov 2009

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    --- In rara-avis-l@ yahoogroups. com, "Ron Clinton" <clinton65@. ..> wrote:
    <<*: From a recent story about Cushing: "The future, they believe, is digital.
    "When I look at books, I see an outdated technology, like scrolls before books,'' said James Tracy, headmaster of Cushing and chief promoter of the bookless campus. "This isn't 'Fahrenheit 451' [the 1953 Ray Bradbury novel in which books are banned]. We're not discouraging students from reading. We see this as a natural way to shape emerging trends and optimize technology.' '>>

    OK, the cat is out of the bag: "shaping emerging trends and optimizing technology" equals education, according to this person. That is a really incredible statement...


    I was a New York City typesetter in the 1980s when the Rhode Island School of Design decided that desktop graphics was too tacky to teach their students. A thousand graduates were unleashed on the publishing industry fully conversant with the use of a light table, but incapable of doing anything with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, QuarkXpress, or Pagemaker. They'd paid $60,000 for an education and couldn't get a job. I'm afraid, like it or not, shaping and emerging trends and optimizing technology DOES equal education, and clinging to a firm foundation in Latin grammar does not.

    Patrick King


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