Relevant to such nonsense is the article by Jube Shiver, "Alliance Fights Boost in Visas for Tech Workers", on P. 1 of Sec. C of the LA Times today. The article starts with a map of the world with the caption, " Where the U.S. is Getting High-Tech Help", indicating more than 60% from India (46%!), China, the Philippines, and Pakistan. These countries are not known for their mock businesses on the web in fifth grade. In fifth grade, work on fifth grade material, as Yale computer science professor David Gelernter put it a couple of years ago, "Learn first. Surf later."
The gist of the LA Times article is an alliance of the Urban League, historically black colleges, and others to "to head off an industry proposal to nearly double the number of visas for foreign workers to 200,000 a year." Their solution is that, "A better idea would be to actively recruit and hire talent right here at home."
Of course it is. But they have to be educated first and we're still playing these kinds of games instead. The kids at Moreland Discovery and Leland High School will be OK in spite of the schools' silliness, they're both API 10, less than 5% LEP, less than 10% low-SES, almost no emergency credentialed teachers, etc., affluence and academic performance correlate in our discriminatory educational environment. Moreland Discovery is new, adding another grade each year, Although their third grade class in 1998 didn't show this so badly, following math by grades on the SAT-9 we have:
Don't worry; these parents can afford Kumon, Sylvan Learning, or private tutors. Probably are already using them. It's Saturday so I can't call but if it's not MathLand, Quest 2000, or TERC, drinks are on me.
At 07:31 AM 8/5/00 -0700, Xxxxx Xxxxx wrote: > >San Jose Mercury News >August 5, 2000 > >PROGRAM COMBINES TEACHERS, TECHNOLOGY > >Computer training skills go back >to the classroom > >BY HONGDAO NGUYEN >Mercury News > >Jan Gliozzo decided her fifth-graders would make >PowerPoint presentations about their heritage as their first >fall project. Roberta Reeves' senior economics class is >going to create mock businesses and put them on the >Web. > >Both teachers are among the first 100 Northern California >graduates -- including seven from San Jose elementary >and high schools -- of a weeklong training session >designed to help integrate technology into curriculum. > >``It's a lot of work, but it's very useful. We're going back >to class and use what we've learned,'' said Gliozzo, 39, of >San Jose's Moreland Discovery School. > >The program is a spinoff of Intel's Applying Computers in >Education (ACE), which has trained 3,500 teachers in 10 >states during the past three years. > >This time around, teachers spent the week mastering the >projects they will be assigning their students this fall. They >used the time to create PowerPoint slide shows, build >Web sites and put together newsletters and brochures. > >Reeves, of San Jose's Leland High School, was working >hard all week to put ``Charmed,'' a mock school of >etiquette, on the Web. Her students will be expected to >create advertisements, and compile supply and demand >price graphs for the company. > >She said she plans to make all her students >computer-savvy. ``Some students are sophisticated at it, >some aren't. I want to bring them all up to the higher >level.'' > >While some Bay Area schools may have a good supply of >computers, many suffer from a shortage of teachers >trained to use them; other campuses simply don't have >enough machines. > >As part of Intel's Teach to the Future program, each of >the 100 educators have agreed to train 60 more teachers >in their districts over a three-year period. They'll also >receive a Pentium III laptop computer, a stipend ranging >from $700 to $1,500 for every 20 teachers they train, and >a $7,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates >Foundation to buy a computer and other equipment for >their classrooms. > >``Not only do these schools need the equipment, they >need the skills,'' said Julie Dunkle, the regional program >manager of the initiative. > >The company plans to expand the program across the >country and world. > >``It's a global economy dependent on grads with technical >skills. We've been forced to go overseas and get much of >the talent there,'' Dunkle said. > >``We want to do something on the grand scale to get >people here.'' > > >Contact HongDao Nguyen at >email@example.com or (408) 920-5444 > >Copyright 2000 Mercury Center. > >