Obama Visits North Carolina Middle School to Push for More Tech Education
Some middle schoolers outside of Charlotte, North Carolina will be getting a very special visit today. The Associated Press reports President Obama will be stopping by Mooresville Middle School today to commend the district’s superintendent on the amazing change in students now that every child receives a laptop.
It’s expected the President will use this visit to urge the Federal Communications Commission to support a program that will provide Internet access to schools and libraries, giving access to 99 percent of students. While this program would be incredibly beneficial to the country’s children–a government survey found that 20 percent of teachers say their school’s Internet connections don’t meet their needs–it could cost billions of dollars. However, the FCC has the option of using the savings in its E-Rate program, which adds a surcharge to phone bills that would then pay for Internet in schools. The school program could also be funded by a new, temporary surcharge on phone bills that would amount to roughly $5 each year.
President Obama hopes to use this program and similar to prepare children for an increasingly digital future, and to compete with countries such as South Korea. In that country, all children have Internet access and teachers are educated in digital lesson plans. The Obama administration also hopes to get rid of printed textbooks in classrooms by 2016.