Learning by Accident or Design - Should Computer Tech Classes Be Required in High School? - LeaderTalk - Education Week
Quoted from http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/LeaderTalk/2009/12/learning_by_accident_or_design.html:
One argument for the elimination of the requirement is that today's students are so immersed in technology - starting in kindergarten - that by the time they take a basic computer class in high school the content is already mastered.
As I snort ....
I have three classes of students who, for the most part, can't sign up for an email account, send an email, and read them.
Not entirely sure why, but they are remedial math and science students -- were they pulled out of the tech classes for tutorials? Are they just really bad students in every classroom (true in many of these cases), or just take pride in not being good at computers --some, certainly.
Each student should be pushed to take a tech class that is equal to their academic achievements, whether it's a business class, computer science, webmastering or tech apps. All of our students can use the extra skill set.