The authors compare education today to banking in the early 1980s, just before ATMs transformed the scene. Just as devices like the cash register have now become extinct, textbooks are giving way to internet-based educational tools. Within five years, the authors say, schools routinely will use the web for their curriculum, administrative, and staff development needs.

After an estimated $20 billion investment in technology infrastructure during the past few years, the authors predict that 2001

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