Time to rethink brick-and-mortar education? If one thing has been clearly shown these past several months, it's that we presently have the technology for students to learn remotely and be successful doing it.

Today's youths are plugged in more than any generation before and have demonstrated that they have the adaptability that previous generations would have struggled with.

What this does is present an opportunity that few cities and school districts have had in the past. With an aging Ball High School that the district has neglected ("deferred maintenance") and a looming quarter billion dollar bond proposal for one, now may be the best time to halt the cycle of ever-escalating education costs.

Invest the current tax dollars in lasting technology infrastructure for the students and the teachers. By having schooling remote you no longer need a large-footprint school and the costs of continual cleaning, maintenance and policing. These costs alone could offset the technology investment.

Gut and rework a portion of the existing Ball High School to house the technology. The remaining structures could be razed and the rest of the land used for much needed low-income housing.

Mark Chevalier

Galveston 

Michael A. Smith: 409-683-5206; michael.smith@galvnews.com

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(5) comments

Bailey Jones

Great, if you don't mind staying home with your kids all day. Or even have that option.

Raymond Lewis

Mr. Chevalier, It seems to prove the exact opposite.

Don Schlessinger

If we don't need brick and mortar schools why do we need teachers. We can have a bureaucrat email all lessons to kids and let them figure things out. Dang can we save money.

david Dumas

Kids that are home school have problems when they go to college at social interactions with other students. They have problems communicating with other people because they have never had to interact with other people.

Carlos Ponce

That's not my understanding, David. Home schoolers do quite well. Their social interaction comes from church groups and athletic league play. They are not locked into their homes. There are home school associations that take the kids on field trips. We had several visit our museum even though it's a school museum. All are welcome.

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