Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Ushering in a New Golden Age for American Education

Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Ushering in a New Golden Age for American Education

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Toward a New Golden Age in American Education: How the Internet, the Law and Today's Students Are Revolutionizing Expectation is the Department of Education's recently released landmark study featuring the first-ever data on distance learning in elementary and secondary schools. "It is the responsibility of this nation's educational enterprise--including policymakers--to help secure our economic future by ensuring that our young people are adequately prepared to meet these challenges. Today, they are not," states the report. The report also states that as the research progressed, it became obvious that the development of educational technology was thriving, but its application in schools often was not. Students are mastering the Internet at home, not in school.

Cited by the report are some interesting statistics compiled from the views and recommendations of more than 200,000 students across the country, a generation sometimes referred to as the Millennial generation:

* 96% say that doing well in school is important to their lives.

* 28% of high school students access foreign news sources via the Internet.

* 90% of children between ages 5 and 17 use computers.

* 94% of online teens use the Internet for school-related research.

* 24% have created their own web pages.

* Teens spend more time online using the Internet than watching television. Included in the report are comments from students about what technology they want to use in school. (To read more about what students are saying about technology in school, or to contribute comments, go to http://www. …

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