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Paperless Schools

Essay By: melking317

This is a paper I had to write for my english class this year.

Submitted:Nov 8, 2010    Reads: 397    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   

In the last few years the issues with the environment have gotten worse. The ozone has gotten more holes and more animals are either becoming extinct or put on the endangered list all because of one reason; the "tree killing" businesses. Humans are one of the most destructive mammals on the face of the earth. They are taking Mother Nature for granted; hoping that with all the trees they kill to produce paper products, she will be able to grow hundreds more in its place. Mother Nature is being deprived of many needed nutrients that she had in the beginning, all because of the Humans. To save Mother Nature, schools and other businesses need to become virtually paperless and recycle what paper they don't use. The paper-filled schools now-a-days don't use all the paper they print on and most of it ends up in trash cans to be taken to the landfills that ruin the beauty that Mother Nature has created for Humans. Most people of society are opposed to the idea of giving Mother Nature a break by helping her recycle and use up fewer trees. They also believe that in order to help the environment it will cost them the little bit of money that sits in their pockets that doesn't go somewhere else. Some parents either don't believe that becoming a paperless school will help their student who will receive a free piece of technology to use, or think that the attempt to create a paperless school and maintenance would be just a waste of time. Public schools need to consider turning from their current paper-filled buildings and become a virtually paperless school. This effort will then limit the amount of paper used in the schools that just end up in the landfills by the end of the week destroying the beauty of the environment.

Even though most people would object to the idea of turning to a paperless school that would ultimately make the environment a better place, because it would be a waste of time, it will really save the time of teachers, students, and even parents in the long run. Tax payers and parents don't want schools to go paperless not because they hate the environment but because of the taxes and school fees. In order for schools to go paperless, taxes would need to be raised and the school's fees would have to rise up with the taxes, but all the money spent and paid will be a great investment. The investment would be hundreds of students that want to go to school, and students that want to work their best in order to graduate and make their lives better. Most people would say that becoming a paperless school won't work but it has been tested and has been put in place in several schools and it has worked! It was a success to many levels. It has saved the school district and school personally money, saved the teachers lots of time, and it has saved the environment to so many levels of its own.

The attempt to save the environment will be a great waste of time if the students refuse to follow the rules about this new adaption of the school. If the students don't follow the rules and don't care about school then what can be done that is still fair and still gives them the best education? Can a school really reject a student because their parents don't trust them enough to have a computer in front of them all day or the student just wants to use pen and paper? To keep the computers and students in line with the new rules of the school, the teacher of the students would have monthly computer checks like some teachers have monthly notebook checks now. It will cost a lot of money to convert to being paperless, yes, but in the end it will be so worth it. In order to get the money that would be needed the schools would need to sell their textbooks since the students would have access to an electronic copy of each textbook downloaded on their computer. To get more computers, the schools would have to talk to the computer stores to see if they would be willing to give some computers to the schools as donations for the students. Since selling textbooks and getting donations won't be enough to get enough computers for all the students, the schools would have to raise the school fees and school taxes would have to be risen as well. How are the students to get the information they need for their classes? The teachers would have to have a way to get that to their students as they go through the school year, but they would most likely to have a program that would get the information to each student's computer. Checking in the computers would have to happen on the days after the finals before graduation. A system like at a library would be emplaced on the computers.

Each student would be given a computer during registration for the use of the whole school year. At the end of the school year the students would have to turn in their computer for storage over the summer waiting for the following year. If students don't return, their computer is wiped clean and given to a new student. Graduating students will be able to keep their computer, but only if they fulfill the requirements- 1. Is going to go to college. 2. Has had a clean history of abuse and inappropriate websites. 3. Has kept their computer in good condition the whole time it was with them, and if they lettered then they get a free wireless-internet card- but this only goes if they have lettered in anything and has fulfilled the other requirements (If the materials are used inappropriately, the school has the right to take it away for any length of time).

Paper and ink costs would drop dramatically. Not too many handouts would be printed anymore because the teacher would send them to their students' computers. Instead of textbooks the students would have to care for, each student will check out an electronic copy of the textbooks needed for their classes and keep them on their computers. Replacing textbooks for new, updated ones costs a lot. On average two textbooks would cover the cost of getting a brand-new computer laptop.

On average schools will save about $30,000 a year, and about $25,000 on paper and ink alone. This money can go toward new computers for newly arriving students, to pay and get new teachers, and to give some to help the environment. By being paperless schools cut down the horrible paper costs, the copy waiting lines that thoroughly irritate the teachers. By being paperless schools will help save the teachers' time and money. Time: for grading all the papers that are hand written that they can't really read. On average about a third of the amount of time spent grading students work now there is two-thirds of the normal grading time is spent doing things the teachers wouldn't normally get to do. Money: for buying all the red felt pens that they use to grade the students papers. That money is spent on things that they have really been wanting to do but couldn't. By being paperless schools save the environment little by little. Paperless schools save on average 55,000 pieces of paper a year. Depending on the size of the tree, one tree that is one foot around and about 60 feet tall (about 81,430 cubic inches), it will be able to produce about 80,500 sheets of paper.

Schools that are paperless aren't as crowded as the schools that still use paper. There wouldn't be boxes and filing cabinets filled with papers that have no immediate dire need of. Boxes of copy paper and shelves of textbooks won't be taking up whole storage rooms when all that information can be at a click of a button on a computer's hard drive.

The students and their parents and the rest of the tax payers would be effected because their taxes and fees would rise to make the best investment of a life time. The teachers would also be effected because they get more time to do other things like spend some one-on-one time with their students and families that they wouldn't earlier because they had to spend all their time grading and copying and printing.

If schools were willing to convert to being paperless, hundreds of thousands of trees would still be standing cleaning the air and making the world a little cleaner. Humans would have a reason to be cleaner, and be more of a help to Old Mother Nature. At the moment with hundreds of schools using 55,000 pieces or more of paper a year, there is no way that Mother Nature can keep up with Human's tree consumption. In the world today, it seems that there are more landfills filled with paper products of all sorts than there are parks with trees especially in American where it is recommended not required to recycle the products made of trees.

If the people in charge of the school districts convince everyone that being a paperless school is a good thing then there would be major changes. The schools would save money and time. The schools would also get the attention of the majority of the students and get them wanting to do well, and go to school and not ditch. The students and their parents would benefit the most. The students would do better in school and the parents would be prouder of their student and would be willing to give some more money to help their student succeed. This new generation of schools would be friendlier to Mother Nature.


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