WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama initiated a meeting dedicated to the problem of high-speed Internet connection in most of the American public schools. He gathered all of the domestic school officials and Internet providers together to solve this issue not only for American schools, but developing countries educational entities as well.
Within the next few years, he plans to completely provide at least all American children with all-time Internet access in order to compete with potential technological threats coming from other influential countries.
Yanking all of the schools into all the latest innovations means higher overall economic performance of the nation. The statistics is still alarming: only 40% of all American schools have a high-speed Internet connection and all-time access. Since U.S. nation was the one to develop this wonder, it sounds ridiculous. Besides, it calms down the entire educational process and limits the student’s potential.
Even South Korea succeeded more in this field.
On the whole, Obama calls Korean educational system “ an example for all American teachers and other academic officials” .
Korean schools do not use textbooks anymore:” every classroom is well-equipped enough with all possible digital devices to assist in the process of learning. Thus, local students gain more satisfaction of in-class studying and retrieve more knowledge. South Korea is raising dangerous competitors so far. Meanwhile, Singapore is outfitting every single school with broadband that is 40 times faster than the average Internet speed in the United States educational entities.
American government is interested in such reforms not only because of potential educational sector growth, but general political and economic development. With the help of widely available Internet, Americans are able to grow the brainy generation. Otherwise, they may lose technological war to their most essential competitors.
By inviting more than a hundred of different school representatives, White House is planning a complete transition to digital learning. Their intentions were supported by signing a corresponding pledge with the help of personal tablet devices.
Speaking about after-classes life, roughly 99% of the students are expected to have their super-fast Internet connection elsewhere since 2013. In comparison to home-based Internet, the number of classes provided with its connection is ridiculous.
Such educational giants as EdX and Coursera were also discussed in terms of the reasons to solve the problem with Internet connection once and forever. From Obama’s point of view, students will learn faster by visualizing more rather than reading boring textbooks, guides and manuals which lack images. He strongly believes that students won’t use these innovations only to play games or watch movies.
A series of 12 regional meetings is planned by the Education Department within the next year to go deeper into the details.
Anyway, the first stage of the pledge is already in progress: several private companies have committed more than $2 billion in computers, software, and other digital support.
The Federal Communications Commission also set aside $2 billion from special service fees to help pay for some initial wiring, and the agency's chairman announced a proposal this week to spend $1.5 billion annually on the program.
A vote is expected next month.