Interstates and E-rates

The Labor Day weekend is fast disappearing in my memory’s rear view window, but the traffic experience of a three-mile stretch of barely moving vehicles on I-95 is still vivid, Bob Wise reports for the Huffington Post. As I crawled through this traffic jam, I couldn’t help but draw parallels between the interstate highway system and technology infrastructure in schools; while both underwent major transformations in the 1990s and neither fully meet current demand, major strides have been made to upgrade the former, while the latter is stuck in a previous century. As I rolled down my window and watched traffic creep along, I wondered what it would be like if interstates still operated on one- or two-lane roads. Millions of technologically advanced vehicles designed to optimize fuel usage and energy output would be unable to achieve anywhere near their potential for their owners…

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