Mike Kaylor, a teacher at Blacksburg High School, convinced the school to convert the old high school woodworking shop into a multimedia design space, set up for professional digital photography, digital movie making, 3D modeling, online game design, and movie special effects.
Kaylor's classes are mobbed--student demand is three times higher than the capacity of his
students are already working in high paying jobs in the movie and entertainment industry.
And hundreds more are leaving his
courses with a solid understanding of digital technology that will help them be successful no matter what career path they choose--business, government, or the nonprofit sector.
The sad truth is that most of our kids have a grasp of technology that is about as deep as a layer of tissue paper.
Being able to text message and find a song quickly on an iPod does not prepare our youth for the work world, and too many adults, who tend to feel a bit inadequate, assume incorrectly that facility with email, the Web, and iPods somehow is enough.
Every high school in America ought to have a program like Kaylor's
, and it should have the same vision as Kaylor's.
wanted movie special effects software, he
did not settle for low budget programs.
insisted on getting the same software that is used in the major studios to produce the special effects in movies like
How about skipping the next shell building project and starting the kind of multimedia program that Mike Kaylor
has at Blacksburg High School?