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Digital technologies must change failed public education model – Local Columns – GoErie.com/Erie Times-News

More on Technology and Public Education: I know some parents who still think their child (children) need not be acquainted with computers until they are “older.” The fear of the Internet, exposure to pornography and child predators has many parents resolved to “hold off” on allowing younger (K-12) full access to the power of the web.

I’m a parent (grandparent and great-grandparent) and I fully appreciate the concern. But waiting, in my opinion, is not the best option. I believe that early instruction is the way to go.

Some computers come with monitoring chips similar to cable television monitoring chips. I think its better to go this route and guide young children through their usage instead of an all-or-nothing approach.

That being said, this article is an excellent read on technology and education.

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Only a break with the past and an embrace of the present will give us the public education system we all need and want — and our children deserve.

As local, state and national headlines remind us daily, our current model of public education is in a steep decline. Developed in response to the needs of the Industrial Revolution, it served our nation well through most of the 20th century. In recent decades, however, it has grown increasingly outmoded. Despite extraordinary reform measures, which have proved extraordinarily expensive yet exasperatingly ineffective, we merely have been prolonging the inevitable: public education, as we have known it, cannot be sustained.

Digital technologies must change failed public education model – Local Columns – GoErie.com/Erie Times-News.

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