A Call to Action - The Standards-based Reform Of Technology Education
Technological literacy must become a central concern of the educational system in the United States. Unfortunately, this concern does not exist with all of the decision makers in schools today. Many believe that we should be spending more time in the teaching of the “basics” (the three “R’s” plus science) in grades K—12. This belief is amplified by the current “No Child Left Behind” movement supported by the federal government. Additionally, there is confusion among school administrators that technological literacy should include only computer education or information technology.
The broader study of technology is needed by all K—12 students in the United States. This broader study should include content that is based on the Standards for Technological Literacy (STL) that was produced by the International Technology Education Association. STL went through a comprehensive review in its development and received support from the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council. The only set of approved standards for achieving technological literacy in America's schools is STL.
The vision for the study of technology by every student in schools today must be shared by all of those who have a stake in the future of this country. This includes the promotion for universal technological literacy by teachers, school administrators, parents, students, school board members, policy makers, and members of the general public. The starting point should begin now for action to take place within local school districts, states, regions, and nationally to assure that the study of technology becomes universal for all students.
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