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USA: Supporting Ed Tech Funding and Other Public Educational Affairs

ETAN Pic by D. WarlickNow the politics are in its most hot waters we should pay attention to what McCain, Clinton and Obama are talking about Education. None. However, we shouldn't forget our compromise as citizen and educators. Please allow us to requote what D. Warlick quoted from ETAN's page, about his support on Ed Tech Funding:

Did you know that the Bush Administration is intent on eliminating education technology funding? I find it so surprising that elected officials would want to do such a thing when we’re at a critical place as a Nation in terms of how we match up with others in a global economy. I personally don’t want to see our country fall behind when it comes to technology and innovation in the classroom – America needs to stay competitive! That’s why I went to www.EdTechActionNetwork.org to send a letter to my Members of Congress. It was really easy – just one click and I made my voice heard! I encourage you to do the same and join me to spread the word!

The Washington Post selected some opinions from experts about what courses should be required for every U.S. college student. Everyone has a different idea of what students need to know to be competitive in the 21st century. But let's hear Jack D. Dale, public's school chief of Fairfax County:

I majored in math and minored in physics, but it was an astronomy course I took that has stayed with me. In that course, the theory of math and physics came together in an applied science where I learned about black holes, event horizons, expanding vs. contracting universes and parallel universes, to name a few. In short, I learned about the creative side of science and still today enjoy the creative side of my career. As many current futurists will tell us our future is in creativity, whether that be in business, science, education or the arts.

The Web 2.0 is os differenciated that educators see it from another point of view that techies but at the end we all expect the Web 2.0 to impact the future of education and want to be appreciative of Steve Hargadon for writing a lenghty post on this new concept.(Note: Internal link quoted is ours):

You may think that you don't have anything to teach the generation of students who seem so tech-savvy, but they really, really need you. For centuries we have had to teach students how to seek out information – now we have to teach them how to sort from an overabundance of information. We've spent the last ten years teaching students how to protect themselves from inappropriate content – now we have to teach them to create appropriate content. They may be "digital natives," but their knowledge is surface level, and they desperately need training in real thinking skills. More than any other generation, they live lives that are largely separated from the adults around them, talking and texting on cell phones, and connecting online. We may be afraid to enter that world, but enter it we must, for they often swim in uncharted waters without the benefit of adult guidance. To do so we may need to change our conceptions of teaching, and better now than later

In other aspect of the so diverse field, the Education. Can you please try to answer this question? Is it pedagogically legit to separate schools for boys and girls? Scott Elliot elucubrates his answer around this gender differences who quotes Leonard Sax an advocate for single sex education:

...There is a biological reason for the similarities of those drawings within gender and the differences across it. It’s all about the way they process information in their brains. Boys and girls, Sax argues, develop at different paces when they are very young. By the time they are teenagers, those difference virtually disappear. But in elementary school, he says, they are pronounced enough that educators should be accounting for them.

So, before you go dear reader please stop for a while and keep America competitive, write your congressmen and support ed tech funding now!

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