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Alison Earnhart

Alison Earnhart

Alison Earnhart teaches astronomy and mechanical engineering at the Liberal Arts & Science Academy in Austin, Texas. She is also on the NCSSS Board of Directors.

Friday, 01 May 2015 16:12

The Future is NOW

This Summer, Explore the Growing Trend of Technological Human Enhancement

Transhumanism is a word that you may have never heard before, but odds are you’re probably already familiar with some of its many manifestations in our modern culture. Google Glass and Fitbits are wearable technologies that allow us to stay more connected with the world and even capture data to monitor our unique biological functions.

As students leave my classroom to go to lunch, I look up to see a new crowd of students walking in. It’s Monday afternoon, and that means it’s time for my Dungeons & Dragons club to meet. Over the course of the next 50 minutes, bites of sandwiches and slurps of juice mingle with dice rolling, bursts of laughter, and vivid declarations of glorious battles and magical hijinks. Advising clubs like this is a passion of mine, because over the years I’ve seen the benefits of making time and space available for students to gather and just play in school.

At a Consortium school like mine, high-level academics and heavy course loads make for a very stressful school day for the average student. Amid the constant barrage of homework, projects, and studying for exams, students struggle to balance their workload with after school sports, jobs, and life at home. All too often, school work cuts into our students’ sleep and personal time.

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