ERIC Number: ED246541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-14
Reference Count: 0
Technology and the Three R's.
Educational revitalization is crucial for a nation facing a 20 percent functional illiteracy rate, as well as increasing foreign industrial challenges. Like America's auto manufacturers who returned to business basics and thus achieved a $10 billion reversal of fortunes in just 3 years, educators in a technical society must define their own basics--and business and industry must help. Ford Motor Company, for one, is directly involved in the education business. Jointly undertaken with the United Auto Workers, the landmark Employee Development and Training Program is not limited to Ford-related jobs, but, rather, helps persons individually, already enrolling them in over 4,400 education programs across the country. A new learning center in a Michigan plant even teaches literature and English as a second language. America needs re-educating, and, with business, should set its sights at outermost reaches. A school in space should not be inconceivable. Technological resources belong not just in homes as entertainment devices, but also in classrooms as opportunities for learning. Of American Samoa's four television channels, three are used full-time for educational purposes. Eleven hours of daily television instruction are now possible even for India's remotest villages, and France devotes 20 percent of network time to educational enrichment. American classrooms also must merge technology and the three R's, and the nation dedicate itself to lifelong learning. (KS)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Classroom Techniques, Community Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Television, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Improvement Programs, Industry, Learning Strategies, Lifelong Learning, Long Range Planning, Models, Productive Thinking, School Community Relationship, Technological Literacy
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ford Motor Company
Note: Remarks made at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (New Orleans, LA, April 12-16, 1984). Released by the Ford Motor Company's Corporate News Department, Dearborn, MI (as part of the informal publication series, "News from the World of Ford").