Google chairman pushes tech in schools at Education Nation

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A high school in White Plains, New York, has taken the controversial step of going all-digital, eliminating paper textbooks and replacing them with laptops. Where some critics see concerns about the digital divide and functionality, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt sees future employees. “We’re going to hire these students,” he immediately responded upon watching a video of the students in White Plains. “We need more of these sorts of people.”

Schmidt expressed enthusiasm for the turn towards digital classrooms in his discussion with host Melissa Harris-Perry at MSNBC’s Education Nation Student Town Hall last Sunday. He praised the emergence of technology in schools for offering students a wealth of information otherwise unavailable to them. “When I was a student,” Schmidt related, “you knew essentially nothing except what was in the textbook and what your teacher told you. Now you can literally know everything.”

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