You'd Better Watch Out: US Department of Education Technology Virus Is Coming to Town
Wowser! At last the US Department of Education admits that they can't verify the truthiness of their pronouncements.
My first thought was this should be headlines at the New York Times. But then I realized that only the editorial writers believe anything the DOE says. And Brent Staples and friends don't write headlines.
The Department's acknowledgment of the help they received in putting this report together is illuminating--if you follow some hot links (Of course the DOE failed to supply any info): It's a report extolling the need for computers but they fail to make use of technology--except to insert some pretty little boxes containing quotes by Obama and Duncan hyping technology in the schools. Anywhere, here's where the DOE went for info on why our schools need to be hyper-wired: SRI International, an outfit started at Stanford in 1946 but now independent. Here's what their website says they do: We move R&D from the laboratory to the marketplace to create high value and real innovation. Four SRI people worked on the report, as did someone from S2 Enterprises LLC.
The Feds also thank these experts for help: Qualcomm, e-luminosity (focusing on scalability, sustainability, advocacy and strategic partnerships for broadband and technology infrastructure), CSM Consulting, Director, Education Segment Marketing at AT&T, Digital West Networks[end-to-end data infrastructure provider],Dicoer Education Technology Management, Rogers Family Foundation, The Quilt, Cisco (2 people) [website provides no info; according to Wikipedia the CEO made political donations totaling over $180,000 to the Democratic Party and over $1,000,000 to the Republican Party and served as a co-chair in John McCain's 2008 presidential bid], Education Superhighway ("40 million students are being left behind; Take the Internet speed test"), Consortium for School Networking(offering enhanced platinum sponsorship for $80,000 per year; sponsor list), a behavioral psychologist at Microsoft, technology people at three state education departments, director of public information, Sunnyside Unified School District.
"In addition, a Technical Working Group of K-12 chief technology officers reviewed drafts of the guide."
I checked all that out, hoping to find a teacher someplace.
Oh well, business as usual and moving right along:
Note that by revolution they mean plugging everybody into Ubiquity.
Next comes this claim:
Note that assessment is put right up front.
The Need for Speed is highlighted with this quote: "We are denying our teachers and students the tools they need to be successful. That is educationally unsound and morally unacceptable."
--Secretary Duncan, June 17, 2013"
Mr. Duncan's claim is educationally unsound and morally unacceptable. Hey, he's covered. Go back to the intro, wherein the US Department of Education said:
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