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Children are already accustomed to a world that moves faster and is more exciting than anything a teacher in front of a classroom can do.
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Competition is such a virtue, and everybody's so busy competing, they have no time for compassion.
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Computers are just one of the ways in which high-tech machines are maintained and utilized for transmission of all kinds of information from an architect's blueprints, to x-rays, and so on.
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Education technology and school construction go together. Modernization, updating education facilities, and making a capital investment in education are all included.
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Education technology is very important because we have a massive challenge in public schools.
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Enhancing learning through software and other items, you can level the playing field.
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Even though you may not be a theoretician or be expected to do software programming, you still must have a basic knowledge of how technology works and how to utilize it in the workplace.
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Excitement in education and student productivity, the ability to get a result that you want from students, go together and cannot be separated.
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He testified that when you looked at it through the eyes of 'let's do it,' the costs were very small. They were less than they'd had to spend to host a convention of transportation executives. The cost was not that great.
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I come from an activist background. I was in the civil rights movement. I got arrested doing demonstrations and direct action.
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I do not think we are ever going to be able to, for a long time, get the kind of quality of school personnel that we need in our schools, especially in the areas of science and math. One of the answers to that problem is to use more educational technology.
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I have a great deal of respect and admiration for people who put themselves on the line.
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I remember during the fight to pass the ADA that we had a big hearing in Houston, Texas. The major issue at that hearing was mass transit, and the fight to get transit exempted from the ADA.
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I think some combined pressure could go a long way, could establish the fact that this legislation did pass and we mean business by it. We mean to have it enforced, we mean to have it become effective.
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I will continue my activities related to education in one way or another. I certainly would have at the top my agenda, with respect to education, the need to do much better with modern educational technology.
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I would like to spend my next two years showing how the aim of making technology available to every young person can be built into the effort to make our nation more secure. That is my latest concern and what I will be pushing over the next two years.
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In preparation for it, we need to have folks who are trained, we need facilities, equipment and supplies, that are going to be built into our society, and we are going to spend a lot of money on it.
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In the next two years, I am going to try to link school improvement with our on-going major concern of homeland security.
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It is very difficult to get legislation passed. But then the danger always is that you have no power at all if you do not exercise constant power.
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It took a lot of doing because several different committees had parts of that bill. Any one of them could have stalled it, but they didn't. The members of Congress, when they had to cast votes, were already thoroughly conditioned by their own constituents. The momentum was with us.
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It was the best route to get folks to understand segregation fast. Civil rights and women's rights had a clear history. Making the transition to rights for people with disabilities became easier because we had the history of the other two.
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It would be great if people with disabilities could unite with women, unite with minorities who depend on government enforcement.
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No person can earn a decent income unless he or she has the ability to do some abstract reasoning; computational ability beyond just simple arithmetic, an ability, which a lot of my generation might still be short on, and the ability to easily manipulate high-technology equipment in the workplace.
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Once he got the shields off his own eyes, and ended his prejudice against people with disabilities, the barriers were not real to him. The barriers were not the problem.
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Our government just won't enforce civil rights laws. The laws will be ignored.
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People didn't always see a person with a disability who had to use a ramp or elevator as people who have been given unnecessary privileges. But I run into that often now. People are saying, 'Why do we have to go to great expense for these people?'
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People's lives have to change as a result of this legislation.
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Public schools have not traditionally had a mission to train young people to go into technical, professional or academic careers. Public schools were instead mass institutions set up to get young people to read and write and perform various basic activities in the context of industrial employment.
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Technology tools such as laptops are the kind of help that we need. A program that provides laptops for all youngsters would close a gap that most of us are not aware of, or will not admit to, which is a tremendous gap in the poor communities.
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The first place to start is on enforcement. We who got the ADA passed did the hard part, the heavy lifting.
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The kind of society which we still have is maybe, in some cases, getting worse. Competition is becoming a virtue. Intense competition drives people to go more and more into self-interest. Even to see other folks as competition.
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The ownership of computers in the home is far less than the statistics show, because usually when the computer breaks down once, that is the end of it for a long, long time. They do not have the money or incentive to get the computer repaired.
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The problem was just a mean attitude that festers and has to be challenged.
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The whole community of people with disabilities was alive, politically alive. I give Justin Dart credit for that. He traveled to every state in the country. He really made people with disabilities understand that they had some political power.
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There's a kind of sick security some people get out of keeping away from people with disabilities. They are running away from any situation that's not totally pure and all-American and that requires them to do any thinking.
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There's a whole set of values, spawned by the vocal and highly visible Republicans, that appeal to the worst in people. Our society is moving in that direction.
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Therefore, you are not training young people for the world of today and the world of tomorrow unless you are doing proven technology training. That is one of the reasons I'm so concerned.
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They're searching for a peace of mind, which they never really find, by running away from any kind of challenge.
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This is a political problem that we still have to deal with. The Republican Party in Washington has harassed the agency set up by the FCC, so that has slowed things down at the national level.
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Those attitudes have been planted by high-level political leaders. It's the whole thing that 'we're in an economy of scarcity and everybody should pull their own weight and nobody should be dependent on government, or on programs that use taxes.'
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Those involved in the program are interested in how to use photography, videos, the Internet, film, and anything related to communications and transmission of information in the most up-to-date modern ways.
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We are talking about masses of youngsters we cannot continue to ignore. Our goals should be to educate everybody. Educational technology is one vehicle that can meet that challenge.
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We can close the gap and improve what happens in the classroom by using educational technology that is the same high quality everywhere.
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We can do it better, more consistently, and in the end, it will cost us less because the students that we produce will be superior to those without technology experience.
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We can not wait until we have enough trained people willing to work at a teacher's salary and under conditions imposed upon teachers in order to improve what happens in the classroom.
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We helped explain it to the Congress, but also Congress was getting people from back home who explained it to them in no uncertain terms.
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We might as well own up to the fact that we cannot always hold their attention. There will always be a growing discipline problem in children of all backgrounds if we do not make schools in addition to more productive educationally; they are also going to have to be more exciting.
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We need to get ready for a world where terrorism will not ever fully go away.
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What is our greatest enemy? Segregation.
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Writing that legislation was a long, drawn-out process. I was in so many different meetings and negotiations. The strategy was to link it to civil rights.
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You have no power at all if you do not exercise constant power.
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