- In a Politico opinion piece, U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, write that the U.S. education system is a decade behind technologically, and that a meaningful national approach to education technology is necessary if all students in the U.S. are to catch up and graduate from high school ready for college.
- According to estimates, two-thirds of U.S. jobs will require post-secondary education degrees or certificates by 2018 and America will be 3 million degrees short.
- The piece argues that technology can be an effective tool for closing the achievement gap for America's disadvantaged students and that legislation such as the "Transforming Education through Technology Act" is essential in developing a national strategy.
From the article:
... Education is dramatically different today than when we were in school. Learning is no longer limited to the classroom. To keep pace with our ever-changing world, students today must be complex problem solvers, capable of tackling real-time, real-world issues.
That’s why a meaningful national approach to education technology is essential. ...