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Push-Button Education

The future of education has been a long time coming. We may have nearly arrived, but did we ever really want to get there? From 1958, Arthur Radebaugh's Sunday comic, Closer Than We Think.

Tomorrow's schools will be more crowded; teachers will be correspondingly fewer. Plans for a push-button school have already been proposed by Dr. Simon Ramo, science faculty member at California Institute of Technology. Teaching would be by means of sound movies and mechanical tabulating machines. Pupils would record attendance and answer questions by pushing buttons. Special machines would be "geared" for each individual student so he could advance as rapidly as his abilities warranted. Progress records, also kept by machine, would be periodically reviewed by skilled teachers, and personal help would be available when necessary.

Source: Paleofuture.

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