Opinion

What's new in schools is keyboard curricula

High school typing class was once just an elective for students planning to attend college. No more. Teaching kids to type from an early age is becoming standard.

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Oregon needs to invest in technical education

For the past several decades, school systems have disinvested in teaching students how to make things, discontinuing shop classes and other hands-on learning to stress academic instruction and college prep classes. But now, creating opportunities for students to have applied learning experiences is a critical pathway to high-demand jobs.

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Virtual schools bring real concerns about quality

Scholars who study online education are recommending that states curb the growth of full-time virtual schools until better quality safeguards are put in place.

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Can students have too much tech?

More technology in the classroom has long been a policy-making panacea. But mounting evidence shows that showering students, especially those from struggling families, with networked devices will not shrink the class divide in education. If anything, it will widen it.

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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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