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A Call to Action
The Standards-based Reform Of Technology Education
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 AND ENGINEERING EDUCATORS 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