Magazine article Technology and Children

The Future: Big Ideas

Magazine article Technology and Children

The Future: Big Ideas

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On February 11, 2009 in Washington, DC, the Economic Policy Institute hosted a conference titled, "Thinking BIG, Thinking Forward." The major message presented was that we need to think beyond a one-time stimulus, and to think big. Presentation sessions on Infrastructure, Renewable Energy, Housing, How to Invest in People, High Wage America, etc. were all well attended.

Today's economic crisis is the perfect time to think big and plan ahead; not only for the immediate challenge to end our recession, but to ensure a sustainable economic recovery. The short-term stimulus package coupled with an enhanced federal role could cure the mounting problems and restore faith in government. The new spending, estimated by the Society of Civil Engineers, could include $1.6 trillion worth of deferred basic infrastructure improvements to water and sewer maintenance, roads and bridges, schools and public buildings, public transportation, as well as 21st Century infrastructure such as broadband and "smart metering," affordable health care, early childhood education, and so much more. All of these outlays are long-standing goals of progressives.

It was Alvin Toffler who so eloquently stated that, "The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." What does this mean on a school level? A 21st Century student tends to be a multitasker who uses sound and pictures to convey content when needed. …

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