New Technology Seen As Essential To Teaching Old Subjects

In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal (4/22, Subscription Publication), former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who serves as chairwoman of iCivics Inc., and Jeff Curley, its executive director, cite the College Board’s decision to have every student who takes the SAT read a passage from America’s founding documents or the world debate they inspired. They also note the announcement that the College Board and the nonprofit digital education platform Khan Academy will partner to provide “free, world-class test prep” for the new SAT. In discussing these developments, the authors note a paradox in education in which teaching the old subjects is as important as ever, but also in which new methods may be required to fully prepare students for the future. They argue that old methods of preparation such as flashcards and memorization are no longer sufficient, and digital technology is essential to providing students with the tools they need to understand the material.