Magazine article Technos: Quarterly for Education and Technology

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Magazine article Technos: Quarterly for Education and Technology

Letters

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PRESERVING CULTURE

I would like to congratulate TECHNOS and Thomas A. Hale for the article "West Africa's Electric Educators" in the Fall 1998 issue. The article demonstrates that technology can preserve and protect culture. Too often, students find history to be boring and irrelevant. The glitz that is inherent in technology can replace dry text with living culture. The next step is to teach the young West Africans to learn the new technologies by documenting their world that is too quickly vanishing. The teaching of technology and history together can preserve what we are in danger of losing in all cultures.

GEORGE COVINGTON
Author and Disability Advocate
P.O. Box 376
Alpine TX 79831

`A REAL ACCOMPLISHMENT'

My sincere congratulations to Dr. Joe Hairston, his colleagues, and community in Clayton County, Georgia. (See TECHNOS 7:4.)

This shows how innovative, committed educators and community leaders can work together to accomplish the impossible. Imagine adding 2 new schools, fixing and upgrading 21 existing schools, constructing 278 classrooms, and wiring 45 schools--to say nothing of raising SAT scores by 22 points. Now that's real accomplishment! Residents are also to be commended for their justified faith and support for this win-win situation.

If only more school districts had the imagination and commitment to seek alternative funding for school needs, school reform might finally become a reality instead of a decades-long buzzword. …

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