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Subject: technology funding
Date: Wed Mar 05 02:20:53 MST 2014
I teach Utah Studies (7th grade) and I am very much against spending hundreds of millions of dollars on technology for students. Most of our students already suffer from device addiction -- that is the very reason that many of them are failing in school. While technology is important, it is NOT priority. I teach students who cannot spell, who cannot write a complete sentence, who cannot read a textbook, who cannot do mental math, and who cannot follow simple instructions. They can't write legibly. There are many students who just plain don't want to learn or succeed. Many come from difficult home situations. The impediments to learning are NOT a result of a lack of technology. I have had to "dumb down" my curriculum greatly over the past few years because students are less able engage in higher level critical thinking. It is really discouraging for teachers, especially since we haven't had a raise in years. Besides, technology changes so fast that this would not be a one time expenditure -- devices would be outdated so quickly that they'd just have to be replaced sooner than not. If there is additional revenue, it needs to be spent on salaries, on WPU/new students, and on the basics...on education that really endures within the child forever.