Berkshire School to Finally Replace Malfunctioning Veracross with Nervlinkz Implants

Charlotte Bonomo '24

In recent years, schools across the country have noticed that more and more teachers are having trouble efficiently and consistently posting their homework assignments on their school’s chosen learning management platforms. Charles Scott, the Dean of Faculty at Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA, commented on the effect that Veracross has on classroom teachers, “These teachers put their hearts and souls into their professions, what they struggle with, however, is the complexity of Veracross.” Scott goes on to explain that the software is quite nuanced and sophisticated, which creates needless amounts of confusion for both students and teachers. In response, some teachers have deviated from Veracross by using other platforms to relay information to students. Current student, Lindsay Hobbs, expresses their distress at this situation, “Now, I have to keep track of five websites to see my homework! Only two of my teachers actually post their assignments on Veracross, and the rest use Google Classroom or Canvas.” As both Scott’s and Hobbs’s testimonies suggest, this situation is simply too complex for one software system to address.

Berkshire School has decided to address the overwhelming rise in incompleted homework assignments by implanting chips into their student’s brains. This endeavor is supported by trillionaire inventor and businessperson, Melon Husk, whose company Nervlinkz strives to create a stable and powerful connection between the human brain and artificial intelligence. The installation process is simple: it requires a small seven-hour surgery which only proves fatal to 3% of patients. The introduction of this groundbreaking technology has led to a reduction of teachers’ stress levels, Charles Scott says. Scott shared that the new system allowed teachers to assign as much work as they want, because their students have no excuse for forgetting it. The speed with which assignments reach them has led to a slightly heavier workload for Berkshire students. Though, as Dr. Penaud says, “As long as you work ahead, this workload is actually very light.”

Unsurprisingly, there has been very little resistance from students and their guardians. However, a few families attempted to raise arguments against the new plan. One parent argued that forcing adolescents to implant a chip in their brain was unethical, though the school argues that the brain chip is only required for those attending the school. Another parent was concerned about the probable high cost of the chip’s installation. However, Berkshire’s administration awed the community with their unusually well-thought-out consideration for families’ financial plans. The school announced that no family will pay for the installation of the Nervlinkz chip because students will be considered trial participants as this program provides Melon Husk with an opportunity to test his product in the real world. Of course, the most radical anti-chip families had alternative ideas to fix the problem, but they simply wouldn’t work. Teachers shouldn’t be expected to conform to their students’ needs. Just because writing the homework on the board may be a slightly less invasive solution doesn’t mean that it would be a consistently effective method of raising rates of homework completion. Clearly, Nervlinkz is the most cohesive and well-functioning academic platform on which teachers can share assignments without the struggle of navigating a complicated website.