Posted on 12/17/2012 at 11:56 AM by Global Reach

aarp.org/bulletin (June 2012)
(Sources: AT&T, Vint Cerf, Michio Kaku, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, PCMAG.com,
New York Times, Washington Post, Der Spiegel, Time, Richard Watson, Forbes.com)

In a recent publication received from AARP (not that I am old enough to be receiving it), there was an article listing those things what would be vanishing in the next 50 years, some much sooner than others.  I thought I would include this information in this blog because I believe it brings home the reality that the world our students are preparing for is going to continue to change so drastically that to be college and career ready they will need to be flexible, skilled learners. 

Items that are almost gone today:  answering machines, tube televisions, phone books, bank deposit slips, subway tokens, rolodexes, printed encyclopedias, film and incandescent light bulbs.  Next on the list are those things that will disappear in the coming years: 
•    Snail Mail – as we continue to trend toward electronic correspondence, to survive, the U.S. Postal Service will have to scale back mail service, sending its fleet of trucks and carriers to join the pony express in mail-delivery legend.
•    Home Phones – as the 20th century icons gather dust, people will drop their land-line plans and opt for cell-only.
•    Physical Media – we will say goodbye to CDs, DVDs, Blue-Rays (which I haven’t moved to yet…), thumb drives, video game discs – and their players.  Electronic entertainment will be bought and played directly from the Internet.
•    Analog Clocks – our cell phones, synched perfectly to satellites, never forget to spring forward.  The traditional dial clock and its min-me, the wristwatch, will, alas, become retro novelties.
•    Cursive – Hawaii, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio have officially dropped handwriting as an educational requirement, with many states currently considering doing the same.  One day extra instruction may be required for students who wish to read historical documents in their original drafts.
•    Drivers – Google’s robotic car has a near-perfect record on thousands of miles of California highways; Nevada will be the first state to issue permits for self-driving autos.  The best part?  Robots don’t drink, text or fall asleep at the wheel.
There were a few more, but I hope this gives us an awareness of how the world is changing.  What is the most startling thing you have found, either from the list above or from other sources?

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