“The technology skills our first grader is developing from using the tablet will be as obsolete in the future as the software she is learning on it.” This was one of the more attention-grabbing points made by a concerned parent in a letter published by the Baltimore Sun in January titled ‘Baltimore County Schools Tech Initiative Fails Young Learners.’
Words matter. After 14 years of political wrangling over the role of federal government in American education, the House passed on Wednesday a landmark bipartisan update to the Bush-era No Child Left Behind act. Somehow, despite its 1,000+ pages, the more vocal advocates on both the right and the left found little within it to celebrate.
We’re back with the next edition of What We’re Reading. The month of November saw a number of trends in education press, notably the effects of Novembers elections and the impact of pending legislation. We’d love to know how our readers think about these topics.
It’s been a busy end to the back-to-school season, which can make it tough to find the time to keep up with all that’s happening in the world of educational technology. Catch up here on the technology impact on classroom performance, the new OCED report, and more.
In the month since the tragedy at Sandy Hook, we have felt horrified, angry, and powerless. This terrible incident has deeply wounded a community and shocked educators, parents, and students across the country. We all need to do whatever we can to ensure that our schools are the safe and welcoming environments our students need.