Sent: Sunday, April 17, 2011 9:53 AMSubject: Benefit Dinner for Rey Flores and Family with a talk by Joe ScheidlerDear Friends,Rey Flores lost his job as Chicago Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development as a result of the reforms he was making to insure that funds were going to organizations that conform to the teaching of the Church. He has not been able to find employment since that time and he has a family of five young children to support. This benefit dinner has been planned to assist the family through a difficult time.Please feel free to forward this notice to your own e-mail list. Note the options for attending the dinner or donating at the bottom of the invitation.Mary Anne Hackett
“In the final analysis, what technology requires is a substitution of technology for human labor. Computers will do a lot of what teachers do now.” Jumping forward in his chair, he lights up: “Technology is cheap. Labor is really expensive. Education has always been very labor intensive, so if our education system can substitute technology for labor and still provide kids with high quality education, then great!”
It does this everywhere. I got a computer etc. in the ’80s because it was that or hire a typist because I needed clean copy for clients and editors. (My newspaper had closed down, I no longer had a copy desk to clean things up, etc.) Was huge initial outlay I couldn’t afford. But necessary.
My newspaper, an evening sheet, was done in partly (largely?) by TV, in the ’70s. What’s to come, therefore, for teachers, many of whom will be priced out of the market, like bicycle-factory workers when that boom went bust early in the 20th century?