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Teachers Resist High-Tech Push in Idaho Schools

httphttp://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/04/technology/idaho-teachers-fig...

"Last year, the state legislature overwhelmingly passed a law that requires all high school students to take some online classes to graduate, and that the students and their teachers be given laptops or tablets. The idea was to establish Idaho’s schools as a high-tech vanguard.

To help pay for these programs, the state may have to shift tens of millions of dollars away from salaries for teachers and administrators. And the plan envisions a fundamental change in the role of teachers, making them less a lecturer at the front of the room and more of a guide helping students through lessons delivered on computers."



There is an needed balance between the boots on the ground (Educators) and those that control the direction of education and it's flow of funds (Legislator's). 

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Comment by Thomas True on January 16, 2012 at 10:30pm

In Maine all students in grades 7 through12 receive mac books free of cost to use both at home and in school. I absolutely love the program, but online teaching cannot replace the face to face kids get in the classroom setting. 

Comment by Steve McCracken on January 6, 2012 at 2:30pm

I believe that legislators have the best intentions, but throwing money at technology doesn't seem the answer.

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