Technology has its limits

October 15, 2013 

With technology so much a part of people's everyday lives, it's not surprising that it is becoming increasingly prominent in the classroom also.

Teachers are practically giddy talking about how computers, whiteboards and such can enhance students' learning. In some districts, students even have their own tablet.

Before busting school districts' budgets to buy the latest gadgets, it's important to remember that technology isn't a magic pill that will make children learn more; it's a tool at students' disposal, just like paper and pencils and books.

Remember books? There was a time when teachers were pretty excited about having them in the classroom, too.

The Internet, of course, provides whole libraries of books and other resources. However, all that information at students' fingertips is only valuable if the students access it and use it to learn. It doesn't happen by osmosis.

Whatever tools are used to teach, the goal remains the same: Giving students the best education possible. It will shape their success throughout life.

With a college degree, a person's job prospects are greatly enhanced. The highest unemployment rate in the United States in two decades came right after the Great Recession. For people with a bachelor's degree, it peaked at a little more than 5 percent. For people with just a high school diploma, it reached 11 percent.

As technology advances and jobs become increasingly more complex, the need for a good education becomes more important than ever.

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