ERIC Number: EJ762462
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Using Technology to Maintain Competitiveness: How to Get Our Groove Back
Fletcher, Geoffrey H.
T.H.E. Journal, v33 n12 p18-21 Jul 2006
As China and India threaten the supremacy of the U.S. economy, the nation's best hope for keeping pace is putting educational technology funding to use to galvanize education. A report from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, "Results that Matter," provides a compelling list of statistics from a variety of sources displaying U.S. students' lack of readiness for college and work. Starkly put, high school graduates are not prepared to be successful in the workforce; both the graduates and their employers tell us that. The American Diploma Project found that nearly 40 percent of high school graduates feel underprepared for college or work, while in a 2005 survey from the National Association of Manufacturers 84 percent of employers said that K-12 schools are doing a poor job of readying students for the workplace. Clearly, educators need to make school more engaging for students, in order to keep them enrolled and to turn out more professional scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and technologists. Virtually all the recommended solutions have advocated constructing a national approach to education that secures the United States from losing its competitive advantage. It may be that an effort of this size requires federal support; however, states, which ultimately have the responsibility for educating all students, are searching for ways to motivate students and help them remain and thrive in school. This article discusses the use of technology to maintain U.S. competitiveness in education and to equip students for the challenges of the global economy. For this millennial generation that uses multiple technologies, often concurrently, in their personal lives, using technology as an integral component of teaching and learning is the surest way to success. This may be merely a small step toward keeping the U.S. economy competitive over the next few decades, but multiplied by hundreds of similar steps taken across the country, the results become a major and hopefully enduring leap.
Descriptors: Global Approach, Competition, Labor Force, Motivation Techniques, Economic Factors, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Strategies, Educational Technology, Role, Needs Assessment, Educational Improvement, Human Capital
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: California; Ohio
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001