The paper explores important issues in today’s education, not by analyses and statistics, but by projecting readers into the future and then asking them to look back on today’s schools and to act like archaeologists—to surmise from all sorts of things they can observe, what was really important to us, what we really valued, how we treated kids, how our schools related to the communities they serve, how we used funds and time, how we used the ideas and technology available to us. Readers may find themselves amazed, amused or angered by their own answers.

Author Biography

An architect and planner, Frank S. Kelly, FAIA has a deep interest in education and all of the factors (instruction, technology, time, facilities and funding) which comprise the environment teachers and students experience in our schools. A graduate of Rice University, Frank has taught design in the School of Architecture at the University of Tennessee and worked with architectural classes at Texas A&M and Rice. He frequently lectures at national school conferences and co-authored with Ted McCain and Ian Jukes Teaching the Digital Generation (Corwin, 2008). A second book with Ted and Ian related to schools in the age of digital online teaching and learning will be completed by the end of the year. Projects for which Frank provided planning and programming have been recognized by TASATASB’s Caudill Award and CEFPI’s McConnell Award. In 1984, he was elected to the American Institute of Architect’s College of Fellows and in 2009 was named Planner of the Year by the CEFPI Southern Region. Frank can be reached at the SHW Group in Houston, fkelly@shwgroup.com or through Children at Risk.