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Preserving the status quo is, almost by definition, an inherent part of the mission of an organization. Schools, like most other institutions, have built-in and resilient mechanisms for thwarting innovation. Our education infrastructure is a massive institution involving hundreds of organizations and millions of people. Moving it from the 18th century to the Information Age is an innovation of monumental proportions.
At a local high school the other day, I watched as a friend of mine who teaches there unpacked a brand new CD-ROM drive to add to the Macintosh SE and laser printer she already has in her classroom. I couldn't help but notice that the drive, like the other pieces of the Macintosh equipment, was by district policy reserved for use by the gifted and talented program. And I know that almost all the students who make up the gifted and talented program are the children of parents who are fairly affluent, many of them faculty members at nearby Clemson University, where I work.
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