On Science Fiction and Latin

Rachel Stone Features Editor   It seems everyone has forgotten about Phil of the Future, the one Disney show with an implausible plot that was actually decent. (I think even Disney forgot, because Phil now does commercials for State Farm). But in his heyday, Phil could spray donuts out of a whipped-cream can, get the blonde of his dreams, and keep his 22nd century secret.  He could also watch his school lessons on his sunglasses while reclining on his futuristic chair and resting in his futuristic pajamas.   I found this somewhat interesting, since I spent the better part of Monday night doing the same thing—albeit minus the donuts. Latin School has gone somewhat science fiction, and I hope videotaped classes are only the beginning.   Thanks to the C.I.A-grade surveillance in the science classrooms, teachers are now able to tape their lectures, complete with split-screen video capture and remarkably high quality footage. That means if you miss two days of Physics because of a Model United Nations conference, you can postpone the anxiety as you take notes at your leisure and pause the screen to retrieve a Vanilla Coke.   “It’s almost scary,” said soon-to-be Freshman Sarah Stone as she walked into the kitchen to find me scribbling in front of my laptop. “I thought smart boards were kind of a big deal, but then something revolutionary like this happens. Yeah, you could technically have videotaped a class on someone’s digital camera, but this sort of technology is so different.” To Sarah, the only drawback would be that “sick days won’t be as fun.”   Gone is the frantic fervor of post-absence days, the emergency teacher meetings, and the day of lethargy with nothing to do but watch Real World and blow your nose. Gone too are the restrictions of the past, the heyday of the dry-erase board, edline.org, and The Forum in print. Like Phil of the Future, our final destination is a mystery; who knows how far Latin’s technological advances will continue?]]>