I can ride a bicycle, but I can’t peddle it fast enough to win the Daytona 500.
A bicycle is good for some things, but it is not the appropriate vehicle to compete in an event that features cars that travel an average speed over 150 miles per hour.
Today, many Texas K-12 teachers are given bicycles and asked to compete in the Daytona 500 – that is, our teachers teach and work in technology-poor learning environments when they are expected to prepare our students for a world that takes for granted the opposite: a technology-rich environment.
Texas’s teachers are to be commended for competing as well as they do. However, classrooms, schools and/or districts do not have the funds to place all children in technology rich, 21st century learning environments.
The State of Texas should shoulder a major share of this responsibility, but at present it has struggled to rise to the top of the class. A Dallas Morning News headline noted, “Texas moves up in spending per pupil, still ranks in the bottom third (published March 18, 2015, updated March 19, 2015). The upward movement was from 46th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2014 to 38th in 2015.
38th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia is bicycle spending in a Daytona 500 world.