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News,  August 07, 2007

Public wants more tech in classrooms

"Americans understand that fundamental changes must be made to the U.S. educational system if the country is to remain competitive in the 21st century, a report released July 26 by Cisco Systems finds. Americans especially realize the importance of adopting information technology to upgrade schools, connect communities, and improve educational content, the report suggests--but they're often conflicted about how to implement these changes. Zogby International conducted the survey of more than 7,000 Americans, titled 'Education Attitudes 2007,' back in May. The majority of respondents said technology is an important factor in connecting schools to their communities, as well as in leveling the playing field among more and less affluent schools by providing equal access to educational content....

According to the survey, 59 percent of Americans agree that 'information technology is a vital tool that can help educate our students by providing access to video and other dynamic content' and that more should be done to incorporate technology into the learning process.

Americans also recognize that understanding science and technology is important to success in the 21st-century workforce, the poll suggests: 69 percent of Americans believe that science and math courses should be made mandatory for grades 7 through 12."

URL: http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7268&page=1
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 07, 2007 | News
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