Focus on schools of future, not buildings

The recent school infrastructure millage debate highlights the high cost of maintaining an obsolete educational delivery system.

We are well into “the information age,” and the goal should be development of online or other electronic media delivery of the mandated free public education. Were this a commercial, market-driven enterprise, this would already be well underway.

I cannot imagine that, 50 years from now, students will still be herded on a daily basis to brick-and-mortar school buildings.

We will still need teachers. There will be jobs aplenty in the new delivery system, but they will be different kinds of jobs.

This is similar to the transformation of other areas of society in the computer and robotic age.

The efficiency and quality of our educational system can be vastly improved by adopting a system that is information technology-based, not building- and transportation-based.

RUSS GLOVER,

Alpena