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-I" Brandenberger looks at the future of public education Cape supenntendent says teachers must help students sift through mfo By Amy Reardon took classes at two different high What will public high schools schools, and I realized you can ac- look like in ten, 15 and 20 years? cess education outside of the Superintendent of Cape Henlopen School District Dr. Andrew Bran- denberger has one prediction. He 100 percent guarantees, "They will be different." "There are folks who predict ed- ucation will change more in the next ten years than it has in the last I00," said Branden- berger. "We no longer control information. It's as close as the internet. Students used to come t o BB.DErBmtUER schools, and teachers would dis- pense information. Not any more. We are going to have to assist stu- dents in sifting through informa- tion they find. There's a lot of in- formation on the internet, but it's not all valid." The Board of Education ap- proved its goals for the 2003-2004 school year at its board meeting, May 22. One of the goals is to create a long range plan for the future of the district. Throughout the year, the board will plan what the buildings and programs will look like in the next ten, 15 and 20 years. "The plans we make today may not be valid 20 years from now," said Brandenberger. 'q'hat doesn't matter; the jour- ney is as important as the out- come." Changes in society have shaped the organization of public educa- tion throughout American history. During the Industrial Revolution, one-room school houses in rural areas through the country consoli- dated. Children sat in rows and build- ings resembled factories. The look of public education has not changed much from the 1920s. 'q'he Information Age began in the late 1980s," said Brandenberg- er. "I believe it should lead to changes." Brandenberger predicts that high schools will resemble college campuses, and students will come and go during the day for the classes they need. Interactive classes may also open up remote electives for small groups of stu- dents. "When I was in my masters pro- gram, I was never on campus. I school setting," said Brandenberg- er. "The biggest challenge would be public acceptance. Parents have a certain sense of comfort knowing where their teenagers are during the day." Along with the prediction that students will have more freedom to leave campus, Brandenberger believes districts should use schools for community purposes. This idea is one of the motivations behind Cape Henlopen's partner- ship with the Academy of Life Long Learning which will hold classes at the Ninth Grade Cam- pus in Lewes. "Schools are a significant com- munity asset, and they sit vacant for 50 percent of the year." said Brandenberger. "I'hey need to be used for more time and parallel services. The Ninth Grade Campus will have students from three years old to 80. That is a valuable use for this community." Brandenberger, however, does not predict great change in the or- ganization of kindergarten through eight grade. "Personally I think children in the lower grades will come to school as they always have," said Brandenberger. "I think the discipline is good for those ages, but students in the upper grades are much more worldly. "There is no comparison to when I was 14 or 15. They just know more. People's lives are changing, and we have to adapt." Cape students can complete enough credits for graduation by junior year. The state requires 22 credits and over four years stu- dents can earn 32. "As it stands there is plenty of room for electives in the school day," said Brandenberger. "Canada and Australia, which have students in remote places, use the internet and connectedness to get education. We could adapt the idea for the United States. If a handful of students want to learn Japanese, they could get together in a room and take an interactive class." Brandenberger predicts that sig- nificant changes may take hold in the next ten years, but major change will definitely take place in the next 20. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 30 - June 5, 2003 - 21 Proof Positive of Being Delaware Residents This group of Rehoboth Beach globetrotters found themselves celebrating the start of the new year in 2003 in Little Harbor on the island of Jest Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. They took along a copy of the Cape Gazette as proof that they are from Delaware and not New Jersey. The British Virgin Islands charge an extra tariff for residents of New Jersey. It has something to do with the Pine Barrens and Tony Soprano, though that may not be exactly right. In fact, all of these folks are originally from New Jersey and relocated to Delaware to retire. Shown are (l- r) Barry Askew, Ann McGinley, Kathy Askew, Brian Byrne, Jim Hammeil and Diane Byrne. Taking the Magic to Disney It's easy to run into magic when you visit Walt Disney World at Orlando in Florida, even when you're not carrying the Cape Gazette. But Shuna Harmon and her son, Talon, of Lewes took no chances when they visited earlier this year. Talon had nothing on his head until he and his mother opened the Cape Gazette. Out flew a butterfly spinning its wings and drunk with the poetry of what it had finished reading. When Talon rolled his eyes upward to follow the flight of the creature, he found it on his forehead and just that quickly it transformed into a Merlin hat. News-reading caterpillar to butterfly to magician's hat - not bad, even for Walt Disney World. ! Please deliver all the local news to: ! I Please print I ! 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