Opinion

Youths must be trained for high-tech jobs

Our leaders must not only support STEM education, but those who create jobs and drive growth in a technology-based economy. Through public and private STEM education initiatives, we can prepare young Americans for prosperous 21st-century careers in an ever-growing high-tech marketplace.

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Education's role in raising ethical digital citizens

Our responsibilities to children have changed dramatically as technology options and social media channels have exploded, providing a new platform for curriculum in our classrooms and conversations on our playgrounds. Today, access to both quality and questionable content can seem limitless and it can be difficult to keep up with the rapidly changing digital world in which our children live and learn.

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A learning curve on student privacy for lawmakers

Teachers and students are diving into digital learning, which offers exciting possibilities but perpetually new privacy challenges. North Carolina should catch up quickly with its privacy rules, and Congress should move forward with President Barack Obama's proposals to safeguard student data in the classroom and at home. There's little that's slow about the digital universe. Our lawmakers need to keep up.

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Tech, online options for South Carolina schools

For decades, South Carolina has struggled to provide better education to rural students and address failing schools. Greater collaboration with the state’s burgeoning manufacturing and tech industries could provide a fresh way for students to develop practical skills.

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The cruel waste of America’s tech talent

We grant roughly 85,000 H1B visas for immigrants with special skills. Yet we overlook a generation of undocumented students who are deemed foreigners but who grew up here and plan to stay. At a time when science and technology prowess will be critical to this country’s growth, we can’t afford to squander the homegrown brainpower of these students.

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Courts ill-equipped to police cyber-threats and cyberbullying

Our courts must have a quicker means of obtaining identifying information in cases of cyber-threats or cyberbullying. Cyber-threat perpetrators and cyberbullies have all the tools they need to launch their attacks; victims should have the tools they need to defend themselves.

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Meeting West Virginia’s need for skilled workers

West Virginia's Council on STEM has issued its final report, with recommendations on how to fill the estimated 25,000 high-tech jobs opening up in the state by 2018. About 4,000 of those jobs can be filled by high school graduates, meaning the state must improve its K12 education system to give students solid foundations for STEM careers.

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Louisiana's Recovery School District needs to keep track of what it owns

The state Recovery School District has got to stop misplacing things. The sprawling nature of the district, which oversees 64 charter schools in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport, is a challenge. But after years of critical state audits, officials should have been able to figure out how to tag and track equipment.

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LAUSD's iPad program plagued by problems early

A $1.3-billion iPads-for-all program in Los Angeles schools was plagued by lack of resources and inadequate planning for how the devices would be used in classrooms and, later, how they would be evaluated, according to a federal review.

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Teachers will embrace students’ smartphone addiction in 2015

Many schools began to adopt technology as an embedded, natural part of teaching and learning in 2014. This year is when institutions will consolidate their positions and settle on solutions for adoption. As this happens, technology will become an intrinsic part of the learning process rather than an afterthought.

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