The US Department of Commerce ranked 55 industry sectors based on their level of IT intensiveness. Education ranked 55 – the lowest – below coal mining.
The thoughts on this video have a resonance since we’ve just suffered through the state-wide standardized testing week, thanks to the No Child Left Behind mandates. Not only was an enormous time wasted teaching the test in preparation for taking it (which is bad enough!); the entire week’s testing pretty much numbed the kid’s mind that time. He was craving some kind of stimulus.
A few choice quotes from this vid …
The coin of the realm is not memorizing facts that they’ll need for the rest of their lives. The coin of the realm will be, do you know how to find information … do you know how to validate it …
And this one about NCLB … (emphasis mine)
If we simply apply standards … in fact economically it is a foolish idea. The jobs these students will have do not call for a right-answer, vending machine approach
And I want this put on every teacher and school administrator’s desk in plain sight:
Every turned off device is potentially a turned off child