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Bye Bye Books

From the Boston.com:

“Cushing Academy has all the hallmarks of a New England prep school, with one exception. This year, after having amassed a collection of more than 20,000 books, officials at the pristine campus about 90 minutes west of Boston have decided the 144-year-old school no longer needs a traditional library. The academy’s administrators have decided to discard all their books and have given away half of what stocked their sprawling stacks – the classics, novels, poetry, biographies, tomes on every subject from the humanities to the sciences. The future, they believe, is digital.”

[Read the rest here.]

Tim Carmody takes a closer look at this “technology bump” – which he had tweeted as “not about technology or pedagogy but remodeling – and only accidentally the other things.” His commentary with reader feedback offers a much more in depth consideration of the effects of such decisions.

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