Take paper out with the trash


Katie Whaley

Let’s face it: paper is going extinct.
Grocery lists have moved on from notepads to the Notes app on the iPhone where people can write down memos, and calendars have also moved from fridges to homepage reminders on their phones. Instead of passing the classic “Do You Like Me?” note, teens post indirect messages on their Instagram accounts in hopes their crush might just double-tap.
And, of course, no one reads the newspaper anymore. Paper is going extinct.
RBHS’ response: good riddance.
This school year, all students and staff received their own personal laptops as a new educational resource to oust paper altogether. The movement is revolutionary; there is no superior approach to teaching a digital generation than with technology. Every traditional learning method is more efficient when done on a laptop.
For instance, if a teacher mentions something in a lesson that is confusing, instead of disrupting the class, a student can pop up a tab and google it. Wikipedia and Yahoo! Answers always have accurate and well-researched answers. Taking notes on laptops is super effective, as well, as the touchscreens are able adapt to one’s handwriting to create perfectly legible sentences, diagrams and models.
Students can also work on their group projects without leaving their desks by using Google Drive; that way, nothing ruins the feng shui of the room, and it can stay silent as everyone will be able to communicate with group members via a group chat on the laptops.
In fact, the laptops are so powerful and adept, school as a whole should all be online. It’s unnecessary to congregate in a building just to do trivial work that is accessible at home, especially when the government spends thousands of tax dollars on maintaining every school and transportation methods to and from them.
It’s not like OneNote quits working the second a student steps off of school grounds, nor is it illegal to complete assignments at home. (It’s actually encouraged.)
Just about every assignment is already an online ordeal: research papers require finding reliable websites, all math homework is on the site MyMathLab, to learn about the present-day cultures from foreign countries calls for online research and everyone uses SparkNotes.
Again, everything is online.There’s not any real need for students to constantly inconvenience themselves by waking up early every morning just to go to school when the whole world is already charging right next to their bedside table in their bedroom.
But the powers of laptops do not stop there. With their unparalleled proficiency in speed, divine intelligence in any topic and the infinite array of programs they offer, a student’s laptop can, quite literally, replace teachers.
Unlike laptops, teachers do not know the answer to every question the way Google does.They cannot teach as efficiently or effectively as a laptop can and cannot compensate for their lack of tech savviness in this digital world like they used to. With all the amazing capabilities of technology, teachers are obsolete and should, for the betterment of all students’ educations and futures, step back and let laptops educate this generation.
The same mindset applies to all other aspects of life. If one feels ill, instead of spending a fortune going to a professional doctor, they will research their symptoms on WebMD and treat themselves based on what they find. Similarly, if one breaks one of their bones, instead of waiting a ridiculous amount of time in the emergency room, one can look up how to construct a cast. If one is being robbed, instead of calling the police and stalling the robbery for 30 minutes until the police can arrive, one can whack the robber with their indestructible laptop.
Laptops, hands down, can do every single job better than any fallible human can. They work well under pressure, are reliable 100 percent of the time and never have delays or keep people waiting.
Laptops aren’t simply the vision of the future anymore, they are a gift of the present and people should use them to their full capacity. They are vital to master and understand in order to survive in this fast-paced, digital world.
It is time to let paper go extinct; let teachers become obsolete and doctors a memory. Laptops are all anyone will ever need.