Monday, November 24th, 2008
I just wrote a long note at change.gov concerning the technology area in the agenda section. The emphases on the transition website express priorities and thinking I’ve been hungering for from a government run by responsible adults. Here’s partly what I responded to, under the preparation section:
Make Math and Science Education a National Priority: Recruit math and science degree graduates to the teaching profession and support efforts to help these teachers learn from professionals in the field. Work to ensure that all children have access to a strong science curriculum at all grade levels.
This is laudable but as a priority it limits the scope of realistic initiative in “technology” which is and has always been more that the sum of science and mathematics. Smart users of technology may not be mathematicians and scientists; nor will good science and math teachers touch every area where technology is important for designers, writers, and coders. In new media, science works with art or should to innovate and change systems.
We need rounded priorities, don’t we? On the change.gov website technology needs greater diversity. Some mention of hypertext would be nice.