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Getting ready for the future

Staying ahead is a full time job in education
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Education isn't a static enterprise. It is an ever evolving art, always faced with the task of making certain that students are prepared for a world that doesn't yet exist.

Since computers landed on desktops back in the 80's there has been debate, research, and lots of air time devoted to how their use can be valuable in education.

The national drive to have a common core curriculum has gained momentum on several levels. State Departments of Education, County Offices of Education, school districts large and small seem to forging ahead with what may actually be a core curriculum.

Technology, especially computers, online courses, and the Internet, are a big part of the standards.

This is the mission statement:

"The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy."

To date, forty-five states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity have adopted the standards. It is probable that others will climb on board.

What the mission statement implies is that the standards must be an evolving set of standards. The world, and the global economy, isn't static, and will continue to move and change as it always has.

The only thing that is certain is that it will change. The standards, then, must continue to change as well, in order to keep pace with how the world and global economy change.

The pace of change in the computing world is simply accelerating. Nothing is current for more than a month or so. It presents a bit of challenge to keeping students up to date. It is also very expensive.

Without a built in mechanism to assist and assure that the standards can keep up, especially with technology, they will quickly become outdated, and in about 3 years, something else will be wrapped in shiny new ribbon, complete with glitter, and will be the next newest and best thing since computers.