3. Technology is outdated and sparse. In many schools across America, technology is years and years behind consumer and corporate America. At home, students live in a digitally rich, high-tech environment that comes to a screeching halt once they enter their school buildings, stifling innovation. [Check out the 25 best apps for iPads, iPhones, and Droids.]
The alternative: Ensure high schools incorporate the latest digital and online educational tools. This includes: taking advantage of the potential in online courses; adopting new Internet-based instructional and assessment platforms to measure students' strengths and weaknesses and customize instruction accordingly; recognizing the collaborative power of social networking tools; and providing teachers with more ongoing, comprehensive professional development in education technology.
As a nation, we must come together and re-examine our previous notions of what high school is and does—and how it does it—and do a much better job of providing the knowledge and skill sets our young people will actually need to navigate and succeed in the 21st century. The undeniable fact is this: If we were designing our high school system from the ground up today, it would almost certainly not look the way it does now. To forge ahead, we must start anew.
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