Editorial: Threats to innovation

Assistant Editor Maya T. Prabhu’s story about the needs of the “iGeneration”, and Managing Editor Laura Devaney’s story about what students say they want from their schools, make it abundantly clear that our teaching methods must change if we are to engage what Project Tomorrow calls the “free-agent learners” who are accustomed to using technology to communicate, collaborate, and learn outside of classrooms.

Here’s hoping Congress will recognize the impending crisis that threatens innovation in the nation’s schools, and either provide more money to implement the technology-based reforms outlined in the NETP or push back against the administration’s shift toward a more competitive and highly selective funding model.

If not, I fear that yet another well-crafted public policy document won’t be worth the bits and bytes that federal officials used to construct it.

Dennis Pierce

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