WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Arne Duncan is calling for printed textbooks to become obsolete within the next few years. Duncan says the U.S. is falling behind other nations that are aggressively moving from print to digital for educational materials. He says a small number of American school districts are moving in that direction, but that the country must move faster. Duncan's remarks came during an address to the National Press Club where he also criticized the Republican-controlled House for failing to adequately invest in education. Duncan says Mitt Romney and the Republicans see education as an expense
Comments: Why keep forcing things on people? If the marketplace goes in this direction, so be it. But this will make buying second-hand books to save money a lot more difficult.
This means every school student must have the most current up to date computer w/software, at school and home for doing one`s homework. This will cost ?????, of course, but that`s just a small distraction mind you.
The core of Race to the Top is incredibly anti-parental voice and totally anti-freedom. It is entirely pro Big government control of every aspect of education. The administration will banish textbooks and supplant them with the Communist Manifesto. Forward into the hell of the Race to the Bottom.
Hmmmm... let's say we have a school that has 1,000 students in it. When we go digital for that school we will need about 1,200 digital readers (20 % overage for broke, stolen or misplaced readers)...so that will cost that school about $720,000 in some sort of electronic reader device (IPAD, laptop and etc @ $600 each), then we need to purchase the same number of books in electronic licensed format....so that's another $200,000 (est.). Now with some much electronic equipment going into use we are going to need an Wi-Fi infrastructure upgrade ....there's another $100,000), and then we need someone to keep are these gadgets working around the clock so we will need add staff (let's say one additional person with benefits...So that's another $60,000)......quick total is $1.1 million...just in that one school. My favorite question is who is going to pay for it? Now don't forget some cost may seem to be one-time in nature, but actually are re-occurring (salary is annually, replacement equipment is annually and new books and readers every 3-4 years if your lucky)
Sometimes embracing the future in everything we do is not in our best interest, remember what the 10 year cost of replacing books will be.....somewhere in the cost of $3.0 Million every 10 years....that's a stupid ideal!
I've nothing against e-books but this is nothing but another gimmick - and excuse. Student didn't need e-books before they were invented and they don't need them now. Reading from a screen does not magically aid comprehension just as having as computer did not magically produce better students. The problem is not and never has been devices.
Textbooks should become obsolete and will. They cost more to produce and distribute and in a decade will be gone. Awkward and heavy and unneeded.
School libraries will remain, staffed with the heavily credentialed awaiting retirement. Unvisited, most students won't be able to locate theirs and certainly won't be sure why it exists. If they are now.
Public libraries, same thing.
But the Twilight Of The Books is just about technology. Gadget changes are not important. We all struggle along fairly well w/o phonograph needles.
The problem, as others sense, is that nothing escapes the attention of those born to regulate. It is in their genes. Nothing is better than one truth as Orwell told us.
The Memory Hole for the first time seems possible, not yet probable, intangible and not yet real.
It must seem so near yest so far to the thugtyrants who accumulate at bureaus like DoED.
And what about the poor kid whose degenerate parent/older sibling/uncle/etc. decides to pawn the device? Or what if it repeatedly gets stolen? Do they fine the kid? How will the poor kid's family pay? There are tons of unintended consequences with this and the kids will absolutely be no smarter.
While we're at it, who needs the Dept. of Education. They have never educated a single child. Close down the money pit and cut taxes, so more money remains at the local school level, where it belongs (and used to be in the first place).
Change for the sake of change, with no redeeming features. 1 - The readers would become obsolete almost immediately. 2 - The readers would never be replaced for obsolescence, as they'd be destroyed by regular exposure to a teenager within a year. Take a look at a 16-year-old's phone for reference. 3 - The theft rate would boggle the mind. Few people steal a calculus text book other than out of just plain meanness, but an ereader can be hocked. 4 - The cost, as posted above, would be staggering. 5 - Ereaders work ok for reading TEXT, which you find in a novel, but are absolutely the pits for images. Things like graphs, pictures, diagrams, math problems... you know, all those things you find in a school book.
The Department of Education employs appoximately 60 to 70 thousands persons in DC. Plus, they have a budget of approximately $80B annually.
I suggest closing the Department and letting those 70,000 employees create new businesses.
In addition, of the $80B in savings, I suggest $30B go toward debt reduction annually and $1B go to each State anuualy for year one, and, a 20% reduction each succeeding year until the after 5 years the amount is zero.
We all know -everybody knows- the main reason South Korea and other countries outperform the U.S. in public education. It's not because they use e-books and we don't.
Further, the human race somehow managed to make it all the way into the 20th century without the benefit of a vast bureaucracy of specialized "educators." None of the great minds of the past had the benefit of the insights and knowledge of people like Mr. Duncan. They did not even have e-books.
Now we are told that basic education is such a complex, difficult, costly enterprise that it is simply impossible to spend enough money, hire enough teachers, fund enough education programs, purchase enough sophisticated equipment, provide enough free lunches (and now also free breakfasts) merely to achieve basic proficiency in the 3Rs. Enormous, unprecedented, hitherto inconceivable amounts of time, energy and resources have been devoted to the problem and we are STILL unable to equip large numbers of students with basic literacy and calculating skills, never mind giving them elementary knowledge of history and other subjects needed for good citizenship and informed political choices.
What on earth is going on? The more we spend, the harder we try, the worse the results.
Sorry 11/19 but I disagree about the need for textbooks--especially for math. Once upon a time I was an A student in algebra, geometry, trig. But when I need to help one of the kids with homework this dinosaur still needs to look back into the text to refamiliarize myself with the concepts in order to be of help. Checking out the examples from previous lessons is much easier with a textbook than leafing through an unorganized mess of worksheets or trying to go back and forth with an online textbook.
Nosy Be (Madagascar) - A mob in Madagascar lynched two Europeans and a local man Thursday suspecting them of murdering a young boy for his organs, the authorities and witnesses said. Residents on the tourist island of Nosy Be island went on a day-long rampage after a missing eight-year-old was reportedly found dead. "Rioters launched a manhunt and killed the Europeans," in the early hours of the morning, gendarmerie commander Guy Bobin Randriamaro told AFP. Hours later in a near-by suburb, a Malagasy was also killed, as mobs of hundreds of men roamed the streets and setting fires. According to
Lexington, Kentucky -- Obamacare is expected to increase patient demand for medical services. Combine that with a worsening shortage of doctors, and next year you may have to wait a little longer to get a doctor´s appointment. And the crowded emergency room may become even more so. There are approximately 48 million uninsured people in the United States. When the mandatory insurance rules of Obamacare kick in next year, and a couple dozen states expand who is eligible for Medicaid, you can bet more people are going to want to use their health benefits. In fact, so many people were
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government shutdown has divided hundreds of thousands of workers into those classified as critically important and others seen as less so, bruising egos and leaving many grappling with the financial toll of unpaid leave. "I´m heading in to be non-essential," said one Environmental Protection Agency worker on the metro transit system on Tuesday as she joined many others going to work just to cancel meetings, lock up files and set out-of-office messages on email and voice mail. The U.S. government shut down for the first time in 17 years after Congress failed to agree on a
After years of criticism for comments she made about transgender people, feminist activist Gloria Steinem wants to set the record straight. In an essay in The Advocate, Steinem updates pieces she wrote decades ago, explaining that she´s been quoted out of context since a 1977 essay that asked "if the shoe doesn´t fit, must we change the foot?" That question has been called transphobic by many in the years since she asked it, but Steinem said Wednesday that the Internet has been misquoting and browbeating her wrongly. Steinem now explains that she wrote that question in response to stories she´d
Roughly 4.7 million Americans went online Tuesday to browse the Obamacare health insurance exchanges prompting HealthCare.gov administrators to increase the site´s server capacity and create a new "wait page" to hold a person´s place in line until the site can load properly. On top of the Web traffic, 190,000 Americans used federal health insurance exchange call centers and another 104,000 requested live chats. "Now that quality, affordable coverage is within reach, we´re seeing that pent up demand break through, underscoring once again how important it was to fix our broken health care system," Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesman
UPDATE: The National Park Service allowed World War II veterans to visit their memorial on the National Mall Wednesday despite the government shutdown. The decision — the park service said their visits now constitute protected “First Amendment activity” — came as hundreds of veterans in their 80s and 90s from Kansas and Missouri defied federal orders that the site was closed Wednesday morning and visited it, anyway. The decision marked a 180-degree turn from park-service guidance Monday declaring that the open-air memorial would be closed during the shutdown. Washington politicians may have the time to debate how to fund the
Moscow - Russian investigators on Wednesday charged five Greenpeace campaigners with piracy over an open-sea protest against Arctic oil drilling, the environmental group said, calling the move an "outrage". The charge against the activists -- a Briton, a Finn, a Brazilian, a Russian and a dual US-Swedish citizen -- dimmed hopes that 25 others detained over the protest could be indicted on a lesser charge. Piracy by an organised group carries a punishment of between 10 and 15 years. A spokeswoman for the Moscow-based Investigative Committee declined to provide details of the charges, confirming only that the activists from the
Greenville, South Carolina -- Lauren Zanardelli and Graham Foster are the kind of customers the government needs to make Obamacare work. The chefs own and operate a bright orange hipster magnet called the Neue Southern Food Truck. The farm-to-table vehicle stands out in Greenville, South Carolina, even among the new gastropubs that dot the city´s charming Main Street. Today Zanardelli and Foster are zooming around their rented kitchen on the edge of town, preparing deep-fried Brussels sprouts, Ramen with seaweed and pumpkin sweet rolls. They won´t have time after their 12-hour work day to explore the new health insurance marketplaces
NEW YORK — A new survey of U.S. Jews has confirmed some of the community’s worst fears: One in five American Jews say they have no religion, and their ranks appear to be growing. Jews in this category feel pride in being Jewish and a strong sense of belonging to the greater Jewish community. But they say their connection is based mostly on culture and ancestry, not necessarily on belief in God or observance of religious law. A large majority said remembering the Holocaust, being ethical and advocating for social justice formed the core of their Jewish identity.
New York City — US pharmaceutical giant Merck said Tuesday it would eliminate an additional 8,500 jobs worldwide as it seeks to cut costs by $2.5 billion by the end of 2015. The new job cuts, combined with previously announced cuts of about 7,500, will slash 20 percent of the current global workforce of 81,000 by end-2015, Merck said in a statement. The company, which has been under pressure after the expiration of patents on some key drugs, said that most of the savings will come from marketing and administrative expenses, and research and development (R&D). Merck said it expected
Sheriff´s deputies will try as soon as Tuesday to recover the bodies of five people who died in a rockslide near a scenic Colorado waterfall. The lone survivor of the rockslide, 13-year-old Gracie Johnson, was taken to Children´s Hospital Colorado near Denver. Her condition is unknown. Chaffee County sheriff´s deputies rescued her from the debris Monday after tons of rock careered down on a vantage point looking up on Agnes Vaille Falls in Nathrop, Colorado, sometime before 11 a.m. Monday. The site is about 120 miles southwest of Denver. While authorities have not released the identities of the dead, the
SEATTLE -- A rare tornado damaged industrial buildings south of Seattle as an early winter storm dumped record amounts of rain and knocked out power for thousands in the Pacific Northwest. The tornado at 7:20 a.m. Monday hit the industrial area of Frederickson, tearing a hole in the roof of the Northwest Door factory, blowing out car windows at a nearby Boeing factory, and damaging a building where sections of a downtown Seattle tunnel project were being assembled. A team from the Weather Service office in Seattle went to the scene and confirmed the tornado from eyewitness accounts, meteorologist Johnny
Get ready for Chelsea Clinton Bump Watch 2014 — the only daughter of the former president and former secretary of State is declaring next year the “Year of the Baby.” In an interview for the November issue of Glamour magazine on her work with the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, Clinton reveals that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are planning for a bouncing addition to their household. According to the 33-year-old Oxford grad, the pair, who married in 2010, sat down together a year after tying the knot and made a list focused on their future, saying, “We want,
Tom Hanks is already declaring his presidential pick for 2016, there’s just one, small problem: a little thing called term limits. The star of “Captain Phillips,” told ITK at the soon-to-be-released film’s Wednesday premiere at the Newseum in Washington, “I’m voting for Barack Obama — 2016.” A laughing Hanks, who supported Obama during his 2008 White House bid, added, “Yes, I am! Four more years.” The Academy Award winner, 57, plays Captain Richard Phillips in the flick, based on the seaman’s book on the real-life 2009 hijacking of his cargo ship by Somali pirates. Hanks told ITK it was an
President Obama told CNBC’s John Harwood that while he’s been president, he’s “bent over backwards to work with the Republican party.” Obama boasted: During the course of my presidency, I have bent over backwards to work with the Republican party. I think I’m pretty well known for being a calm guy. Sometimes people think I’m too calm. And am I exasperated? Absolutely, I’m exasperated. Because this is entirely unnecessary. I am exasperated with the idea that, unless I say that, ‘Twenty million people, you can’t have health insurance,’ these folks will not reopen the government. That is irresponsible. The President asserted that he’s
More than a dozen House Republicans who want to drop attempts to undermine the health-care law and reopen the government are meeting among themselves and with House Speaker John Boehner -- and he’s listening. For the past few weeks, Boehner’s hand has been guided by a group of Tea Party-aligned Republican House members who’ve urged little compromise in their three-year drive to undo the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Now, the agitation is coming from the other side of the caucus. A bipartisan group of about 40 House lawmakers are holding private talks to find a compromise
Despite an emergency meeting at the White House, congressional leaders reported no progress late Wednesday on trying to reach a budget deal -- while over on Capitol Hill, tempers were flaring and lawmakers were melting down on the floor of the House. The top four congressional leaders took a stab, during an hour-long White House meeting, at negotiating with President Obama over the impasse. There was no breakthrough. House Speaker John Boehner emerged saying he had a "nice, polite conversation" but complaining that Obama would not budge off his demand that Congress pass a straight budget bill -- one that does not
DALLAS —In a shopping center parking lot 1,300 miles from Washington’s bureaucracy and bickering, teen mom Karina Luciano loaded a watermelon and baby formula into her car. Luciano didn’t realize the federal assistance program that just purchased the food items for her children, Aimee, 2, and Jaiden, 11 months, is now in jeopardy because of the government shutdown. “Oh my god, I think I’m going to cry,” Luciano said upon learning the news. “This is really bad.” Nearly 9 million low-income mothers and children receive benefits under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Congress’ inability to
The shutdown battle has become, essentially, a high-stakes blame game.(snip)But in a note to clients, Potomac Research Group´s Greg Valliere says that President Obama still has one "trump card" of his own left to play, Social Security: THE HEAVY ARTILLERY: We have thought for weeks that Obama would play the Social Security trump card if there was no deal on the debt ceiling by mid-October. This is one of several reasons why we think a default is unlikely, and it´s one of several reasons why Boehner will capitulate; the only questions are when and under what terms. We think he may
Ted Cruz faced a barrage of hostile questions Wednesday from angry GOP senators, who lashed the Texas tea party freshman for helping prompt a government shutdown crisis without a strategy to end it. At a closed-door lunch meeting in the Senate’s Mansfield Room, Republican after Republican pressed Cruz to explain how he would propose to end the bitter budget impasse with Democrats, according to senators who attended the meeting. A defensive Cruz had no clear plan to force an end to the shutdown — or explain how he would defund Obamacare, as he has demanded all along, sources said. Things
The revisions downward begin. Yesterday, Obamacare exchanges were melting down because of the intense interest in signing up. All the citizens were flooding the gates for all the insurance! Why, in California there were 5 million visitors. No technologist could prepare for such an onslaught. Here’s what really happened: California’s health insurance exchange vastly overstated the number of online hits it received Tuesday during the rollout of Obamacare. State officials said the Covered California website got 645,000 hits during the first day of enrollment, far fewer than the 5 million it reported Tuesday. The state exchange had cited the 5 million figure as a
Conservative talker Mark Levin has a stern warning for President Barack Obama and his administration: Don’t mess with the World War II veterans. Levin, author of “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic,” told his audience on his Wednesday radio show should there be any action taken against those veterans for visiting the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, even with the government shutdown, he would bring 500,000 people to march on the Washington, D.C. in response. “I want to tell you folks something — I want to say this loud and clear to the people
A woman has been shot dead today after she rammed her car into a White House barricade with a young child inside then led police on a chase toward the Capitol, witnesses said. Up to 15 shots were fired at 2pm (ET) on Thursday with officers swarming the scene with machine guns while hundreds of staffers and tourists fled in terror or took shelter in buildings at the political heart of Washington D.C. The female suspect was shot dead by police officers but is not believed to have returned fire. She is reportedly a 34-year-old dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut.
The government shutdown will temporarily slash the staffs and operations of every “nonessential” federal program — which, as you can imagine, adds up to a whole lot of programs. There are the ones you know about, like the national parks and the panda cam. Then there’s everything else. Here’s 21 effects of the shutdown you might not have heard about. 1) No one will oversee the program that makes sure your organic food is actually organic. That’s called the National Organic Standards Program, and its entire staff was furloughed. Also on the Department of Agriculture furlough list: the people who check