Appendix 1-03 

A Brief History of the Internet

Web site by Gifcom.

If the US actually spends a trillion dollars on education
every year or two, and major sports franchising spends in
the neighborhood of 1/100th of that amount, and the video
game businesses spend even less, then why is it that your
exposure to Michael Jordan was a given, and his paychecks
were higher than any other college graduate in his class?

Ten to fifteen year old basketball shoes are nearly all a
forgotten item, rotting away in landfills while computers
the same age are still available for studying Shakespeare
more efficiently than any paper copy can ever provide and
less expensively.

Those computers are more than fast enough for the kind of
studying most kids do in school, and they cost no more on
today's market than a pair of basketball shoes.

Why is the centuries old blackboard still the default for
classrooms around the world, when they cost much more and
do much less than computers one tenth their age?

Why do we have physical Olympics and no mental Olympics?

Why do trivia games shows thrive on the market, and shows
featuring our brightest students die on the vine and then
get relegated to local programming on Sunday morning?

Outfitting a kid with a decade old computer costs no more
than outfitting that kid with basketball shows, much less
a basketball and a hoop, and the kid doesn't outgrow that
computer every year or wear it out, and regulation height
of the monitor doesn't change and make all the older ones
obsolete just due to some rule change.

Throwing billions of Etexts out there into cyberspace can
not guarantee anyone will actually learn to read any more
than throwing a billion basketballs out there should be a
guarantee that there will be another Michael Jordan:  nor
will it guarantee a new Einstein, Edison, Shakespeare, or
any other great person. . .

. . .BUT. . .it will increase the odds.

A Book by Michael Hart