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Published: Tuesday, June 24 2014 4:05 p.m. MDT

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JJSullivan Sandy UT
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US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan has said "we seek to fundamentally shift the federal role" in education. This article is yet another case in point that they are succeeding. States fell short of achieving No Child Left Behind mandates, and are already preparing to fall short of the federal agenda to hit the "66% by 2020" goal which calls for two-thirds of Utah adults to hold a degree or certificate by 2020. President Obama's ConnectED Initiative was the impetus for mandating 1:1 devices for every child. The kicker is that the federal government is giving grants to tech companies who have caught the federal reformer's vision for what it means to be "college and career" ready. The vision, and US Dept of Ed documents readily show this, is to use technology to track metacognitive skills to create workers for a managed economy. The fact that Utah's leaders are starting to see certifications as the answer to achieving the federal goal is laughable, because it was part of the federal plan all along. America once believed in creating thinkers founded in the wisdom of the ages. Now we're buying the snake oil that says we must "modernize."

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RIVERTON, UT

I find it ironic that the president of the Utah Technology Council doesn't know that "quantum leap" means the smallest change possible.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

This statement of stagnate technology has been going on for more than 8 years, it has been stagnant for 30 years since NAFTA, and sending jobs and industry to slave countries.

Educators always thought that technology created jobs and they are finding out its just the opposite to the wealth of an economy. What we have in education for the last 8 years is sterilized education to inhibit free will and individualism job depletion and that technology hasn't advanced the tiniest of growth.

The technology this council has been based on is 45 year old tube radio and nowhere for new devices to be used. Technology has become an entertainment device that is now becoming a boring instrument that is not beneficial to science and industry and jobs. Advanced technology has exceeded what people can do with it. How to use it to manage their incomes and debt control but workers don't know the meaning of money management and its killing the economy and their lives.

Sterilized eduction and sterilized social independence cripples skills and job abilities. Without industrial blue collar jobs, technology is wasted economic growth. Entertainment is not economic growth.

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