There are two primary reasons why public education must change and integrate information technology if it is to survive in the future. These two primary reasons could be the cost and the fight against the tax payers. The first is cost. If schools are to remain public then the public will decide, through taxes, how many resources the schools can have. The second is Tax payers. The tax payers all over the nation have been sending a very strong message that the schools are costing too much, while at the same time criticizing the public school system for not doing a good enough job.
Our current system, where professional teachers deliver all of the educational experience from the isolated kingdom which is each classroom, is costing too much. Salaries are 80% to 90% of each school budget. This is at a salary level that does not attract people to the teaching profession for the money, or the prestige.
Combining educational reform with technology can allow us to maximize the time and efforts of the good teachers. Teaching is interacting with students, not taking attendance or duplicating handouts. There could be many, less skilled, educational support jobs in the schools of the future (Layton 1).
There is also a need to provide the teachers and students time together when and where it is most needed. Currently we have very rigidly structured school days. Often this rigid structure will interrupt a dynamic lesson, or leave a student with nothing to do while the rest of the class finishes. To maximize each student's time and each teacher's interactions with their students, we need a flexible, demand driven, schedule. Where each student can get her individual needs met while maximizing the efficient use of the teacher's time (Alcorn 1).
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