5 new Chicago magnet schools would em...

5 new Chicago magnet schools would emphasize technology

There are 5 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 15, 2008, titled 5 new Chicago magnet schools would emphasize technology. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

In an effort to better prepare pupils for a high-tech world, Chicago will open five new magnet elementary schools focused on technology this fall, Mayor Richard Daley announced Tuesday.

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Saint Louis, MO

#1 Apr 16, 2008
Sounds like another computer driven program that calls itself technology based learning. I see nothing about teaching technological literacy or anything about adopting ITEA Technology Literacy Standards for all Americans.

If it was really a program at five new schools teaching literacy rather than how to use and integrate computers, I imagine it would have been mentioned.

I'm still waiting for more announcements about school districts embracing technology as more than ability to use a computer and more as a program to prepare students to think and manipulate technology for the good of mankind.

Jobs of the future may use the computer, but they require people with ability to solve problems and have skills at manipultaing technology to improve life, the environment, industry, housing, food, etc.
Political Malaise

Whitewater, WI

#2 Apr 16, 2008
This is not an answer to the City's failing schools. Just close the schools, refund the tax revenues to taxpayers and let the market provide education. Privatize the state 'universities' while you're at it. The entire 'system' fails!
Laurie Huget Oak Park IL

Pleasanton, CA

#3 Apr 16, 2008
This is a very positive effort, long overdue. I hope that this plan sees implementation. Science and technology must be strengthened in the US and we must start with our children.
2100ScreamingFan s

Cary, IL

#4 Apr 16, 2008
I have criticized openly the Chicago Public Schools but in this case I applaud them for their efforts to improve. The CPS obviously have schools that are not working. Continuing the school as they are would lead to continued failure. I think the CPS is finally realizing that sometimes the best solution is just to start over. In this case, they are starting over and trying something bold. Will it work? I don't know. I do know that they have had success in new schools like Northside Prep and Payton. Maybe these new schools can only help.

Neil Hernandez

La Grange, IL

#5 May 5, 2008
thats really nuts mang

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