My girl friend works as a Teacher in Cleveland which is considered one of the poorest area's of the nation. They basically slam the educational system in this area. Not enough money, terrible test scores, ....
She teaches currently the 8th grade, and she definitely suggests to her students that they use the Internet as research into various subjects that she may be covering. Geography, Science, ... Also, there are computer labs in her school(even though they might be small) to teach the fundamentals to the children.
Also, when I went to school. We use to have to learn typing as a requirement. Now, basic computer skills(I think) are the substitute for that.
And, be a Bill Gates blaster that we all our. Laura told me that her school qualified for one of the grants that Bill and his wife offer based on their showing of regular academic improvements over multiple years within her specific school. I can't picture that money not being used for technology in some for or another.
So, the importance of computers/technology is being addressed in the school system in a more aggressive manner. The basic pitfall is the money. Poorer school districts just can't afford to spend the same amount on technical hardware, networking, educational materials and still cover the primary 3 r's.
edited because I just read the previous two responses.
With what I said, how in depth do you consider it should be addressed? To what extent? Basic computer skills? In reference to current events, how technology helps shape the world we live in?
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