Back to School 2006
SAN JOSE, CA – So, I’m officially old now. I was getting my morning coffee at an alternate Peet’s coffee* in Palo Alto the other morning (my regular Peet’s had a line out the door) and I saw a lot of younger people walking around. A lot of tans, happy faces and too-cool-for-school looks. “What are all these youngsters doing walking around on a Monday morning at this hour?” I asked myself. It then dawned on me that I was across the street from Palo Alto High School and it was the FIRST day of school, or, depending on where you sit, the LAST day of summer vacation. I then realized that I completely worked right through the summer…which, as my opening line laments, officially makes me old. Bummer.I graduated from North Stanly High School in New London, North Carolina wayyy back in the last millennium. 1987 to be exact. Yes, my 20-year reunion in next year. As the former class president of that august class of the North Stanly Comets, I guess I should be starting to arrange for our reunion. I’ll get right on that. High School seniors are quite different, I am sure, than seniors in 1987. Sure, we had MTV then, but no Internet, no cell phones, no texting, no PDAs, no laptops…really we were in the paper notebook and a pen era while today’s students can attend classes over the Internet from MIT (if they want). I’m not going to ding my ol’ alma mater of North Stanly High School, but MIT it wasn’t.What will all this technology and access to information mean to the high school students today? I think it is too early to tell, but I would bet that with nearly anytime access to information it will make for better informed, more well-rounded students. Growing up, we subscribed to Newsweek and The Charlotte Observer. Today, students can access media and information from all over the world. The world is getting smaller and smaller, but I’m sure the Internet is the best tool in the world for the procrastinators of the world, just as the periodicals section of the library used to be for me.*I’m not an paid endorser, but Peet’s is the best coffee around.