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Technology debate needed.

I'm writing regarding the recent Gary Stager column article ("What's a Computer For? Part II, July 2008). I enjoyed it and agree. As director of technology at Buncombe County Schools in Asheville, N.C., I am at war with our technology. I have 30 years of educational technology experience and I'm concerned about the direction informational educational technology. A debate is needed.

Educators are being squeezed between a rock and a hard place. We have a carrot of funding called e-rate, which amounts to $550,000 to the district, which is dangling from a hammer called Children's Internet Protection Act. The Internet is a great resource for educational information--some good, some bad, some very, very bad. Our children are suffering a digital divide of a different kind. They can get what they need to obtain educational resources and experience at home, but I can't legally provide the same at school. It has become a dilemma with nowhere to go for guidance. A moral and a legal issue mixed with a desire to do what is right for the children is making our lives very difficult. My passion is to shed some light on this subject and make a difference.

Monty Fuchs, director of technology, Buncombe County Schools
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Fuchs, Monty
Publication:District Administration
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 1, 2008
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