Public Education is due for an overhaul just like other industries. America spends more on education than almost any other nation in the world. This is true either measured by gross national product or per
pupil expenditures. Everyone agrees the academic results in the US are disappointing. According to the
National Assessment of Educational Progress, only thirty percent of American students achieve
proficiency by national standards. The public is not getting a good value for their dollar. Citizens
certainly do not embrace more tax dollars to fix the problem. This was quite evident during the recent
recession and the major cuts to state aid.
Salaries and Benefits comprise nearly eighty percent of the total budget. All schools in the world struggle with the traditional classroom model. It is impossible for one human being to teach a large group with different learning abilities. Resources are not unlimited, and every nation is trying to solve the same problem. This is the promise of technology. It will allow schools to break out of the traditional classroom model and used the Internet, Management Information Systems, and individualized computer based instruction. Technology holds the key for radical changes for both the student and the taxpayer.
In the traditional classroom model the teacher presents a concept to the whole group. Some students
understand and others fall behind. If the teacher slows down too much then the advanced students
become bored. The goal is to find the right mix of media to help the students keep pace.
In today’s ever evolving software has the pattern recognition capability. Technology is superb at
providing practice. If one student is struggling in writing, the software analyzes the writing sample and
provides immediate feedback on what is wrong and how to correct it. An advanced student will
automatically receive more challenging assignments with the same type of feedback. The students today
already have a high affinity for technology and enjoy the engagement. The teacher, while still valuable
will receive constructive feedback in a fraction of the time it would take through standard methods.