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Education & Tech, was created to build hope that education based on social technologies, can transform the new century, and enable abundance not only spiritually but economically. Milton Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is a teacher, tech blogger, writes on education, and hails this blog from Union, NJ. For further questions, tips or concerns please e-mail him to:miltonramirez [at] educationandtech [dot] com

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Jaime Escalante: His 'Ganas' Will Be Missed

Stand and Deliver portrayed his legacy. Trust me , every time I feel down after coming from school or after I've had a terrible day -like those you have dear teachers, I turn to the HVS and play James Olmos' movie.

Jaime Escalante was called a traitor for his opposition to bilingual education. He said the hate mail he received for championing Proposition 227, the successful 1998 ballot measure to dismantle bilingual programs in California, was a factor in his decision to retire that year after leaving Garfield, the High School through which Escalante gained national prominence when in 1982 a scandal surrounding 14 of his Garfield High School students who passed the Advanced Placement calculus exam, were accused of cheating.

At the age of 79, the man who inspired Latino youth in California to reach their full potential through mathematics and science, has died. Jaime Escalante was an immigrant from La Paz, Boliva and he became a teacher after doing what most Hispanic immigrants do in the U.S. from mopping floors to cook. He earned a scholarship to Cal State Los Angeles to pursue a teaching credential. In the fall of 1974, when he was 43, he took a pay cut to begin teaching at Garfield HS at a salary of $13,000.

Blanca Laureano of Vivir Latino writes, "In the spirit of radical and revolutionary teachers, I encourage each of us to take some time and remember a teacher/educator/tutor who has shaped our identity and our sense of self. In Escalante’s honor, please share your testimony with us."

While people on Twitter are all saddened by passing of Escalante.

@danaevigil - "RIP Jaime Escalante - Inspiration to many Latinos and educators for many years to come."

@stevejang - "RIP Jaime Escalante, the Best Teacher in America. He was a local hero in LA when I was in grade school."

@CorinaFiore - "RIP Jaime Escalante. A man who inspired me to do more, be better as a teacher. He taught me so much about education."

@ConnCAN - "Very sad to hear that Jaime Escalante, the teacher made famous by Stand & Deliver died - an original Ed reformer. We'll carry the fight on."

Prof. Escalante died today at 2:27 pm. in Reno, Nevada after battling cancer.

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21st Century America's Progress Towards Universal Broadband Internet Access

How many people do have a high speed connections in the United States?

Main reason for no high speed internet use at home, 2009 - U.S.That question pretends to be addressed with the research preview released last month by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration: Digital Nation: 21st Century America’s Progress Toward Universal Broadband Internet Access. The document[pdf] provides insight into broadband access, demographic information, and the “digital divide” throughout the United States.

"Although life without high speed Internet service seems unimaginable for many Americans, for too many others, broadband is still unattainable. As the world leader in technology innovation and the place where the Internet was pioneered, we can and must do better. This report will help identify both the gaps in Internet access and the reasons people that have such access are choosing not to use it," writes Lawrence E. Strickling, the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information (U.S. Department of Commerce) in the Foreword of the preview research.

The U.S. Department of Commerce will have a more detailed analysis and report later this year.

Gary Locke, the U.S. Commerce Secretary, is quoted by MinuteBio when he stresses the importance of internet access: "In a globalized 21st century economy, when you don’t have regular access to high-speed Internet, you don’t have access to all the educational, business and employment opportunities it provides."

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