Statements on Educational Technology
President Clinton, from
his 1996 State of
the Union Address: "In our schools, every
classroom in America must be connected to the information superhighway, with
computers and good software, and well-trained teachers. We are working with the
telecommunications industry, educators and parents to connect 20 percent of
California's classrooms this spring, and every classroom and every library in
the entire United States by the year 2000. I ask Congress to support this
educational technology initiative so that we can make sure this national
The President announces his Technology Learning Challenge Grants, the Tech
Corps, and the AmericanTechnology Honor Society, October 10th, 1995
The President's remarks onEducational Technology and Connecting
ClassroomsSeptember 21st, 1995 in San Francisco, California
Here are its guiding principles: modern computers in every
classroom, accessible to every student from kindergarten to 12th grade;
networks that connect students to other students, schools to other schools, and
both to the world outside; educational software that is worthy of our children
and their best aspirations; and finally teachers with the training and the
assistance they need to make the most of these new technologies."
Sun Microsystems is organizing a coalition of companies
volunteering for NetDay, an effort to install networks in at least 2,000
schools. And the number is growing with each new company joining the
the morning, volunteers will arrive at each school. By noon they will have
wired the library, the labs, the classrooms. By nightfall those schools will
have the technology they deserve.
What we are doing is the equivalent of going to a dusty
adobe settlement in early 19th century California and giving every child a
slate and a piece of chalk.
This is an enormous effort. It will take the same spirit and
tenacity that built our railroads and highways. It will take the leadership and
dedication of groups like the advisory council I've appointed on the
information superhighway. So let us begin. Let today mark the start of our
mission to connect every school in America by the year 2000. If we can connect
20% of the schools in the largest state in the nation in less than a year, we
can surely connect the rest of the country by the end of the decade.
Well, today we are in the midst of another revolution.
Whether we call it the informationrevolution or the technology revolution or
the digital revolution: the fact remains thatthe new tools becoming available
are now rapidly changing the way we work, the way weteach, and the way we
learn. In short, technology is revolutionizing our lives, oursociety, and our
world. And we simply cannot afford to sleep through this revolution.
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