Dr. Patrick Faverty

Dr. Patrick Faverty

Educational Leadership, Technology, and the Future

The Lack of Computers and Why It’s Killing Our School System

Friday, June 15, 2007
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Education is the last pencil and paper institution in the United States, if not the world. How can that be? The most important institution in our society and we give it the least support. Rarely do we even provide our children with current technological tools.

Even without the necessary means, our teachers are incredibly successful. The national average for computer access is one machine for every ten students, which means that some of our students have even less access. I might also add that these averages do not tell the whole story. Many schools portray their technology levels as high, but the computers available are seriously outdated. This issue of the haves and have-nots is also very closely correlated with socio-economics. Wealthier schools have more technology; poor schools have less. This can’t be acceptable to any of us.

How could any business be successful under the same circumstances? Think about it, what small business could exist without the proper tools for each of its employees? What would a business owner/manager say to their staff? “Come on now, take turns.” I can’t imagine. I tend not to listen to critics of education much anymore. I say, provide us with that which you have and we will prepare our students. I hope you are starting to get the picture - we need to stop using compliance as a tool to direct learning. We need to start focusing on providing our students with appropriate access to real learning tools with 21st century instructional methods.

The educational world is stuck in the 19th - if not the 18th - century. It is easier for society not to deal with the needs of our children’s future. Let’s move into the 21st century, provide our children with current, available learning tools, and provide our teachers with the support to offer them. Let’s look seriously at the needs of our students and learn to meet them.

Who are the most successful individuals today? As this is written, it is technology that is dominating the world, and making people millions. The development of all aspects of technology came from our most creative students. Our country is built on the creative abilities of our population, not memorization and regurgitation. When was the last time you read about a CEO who got her job because she could easily access random facts?

We must begin to place a significant value on the process of preparing our children for their future, not our past. By these standards, the institution of education is the problem. The problem is that we are trying to drive the educational car while looking in the rear-view mirror. We can’t see where we are going because we’re looking back at what we missed.

Dr. Patrick Faverty is the Academic Coordinator of the Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at the Gevirtz School.


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i love the writing of docotr patrick and this one Educational Leadership is really helpful.

nancywill (anonymous profile)
November 18, 2013 at 10:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Interesting, and I have respect for Dr. Faverty. At the same time, this tired old cliche that "it is technology that is dominating the world, and making people millions" is pretty worn. No, it's highly intelligent, creative, hard-working humans who, often utilizing advanced technologies [and sometimes paper and pencil, doc], make discoveries benefiting all humans.
Sure, too much of education based on rote "memorization and regurgitation" and this isn't good. Supposedly the Common Core standards address this, but they also call for a LOT of testing and..oh...using computers! Apple Co. is very happy at this. Finland has very few advanced computers in their classrooms and their students fare very well. I have taught in German public schools, atk least in Munich, and once again in the elite gymnasia there is NOty emphasis on computers and tools. No, The much bigger problem in our public schools is class size and inadequate support from the state, not a lack of iPads, etc.
Let's dig a little deeper; this feels a bit like a fluff piece.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2013 at 10:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Dr Faverty, why is the emphasis on how computer tools -- they are simply tools -- fosters "people making millions"? What do you mean? So your idea of deeper education is simply materialistic and based on cash-value? This is silly and beneath your title of "Academic Coordinator of the Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at the Gevirtz School." Give us a bit more than these tired cliches, please, sir.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2013 at 11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

well since i am related to education so doctor patrick the info you provide on education leadership was really really helpful for me.

MarkButcher (anonymous profile)
September 25, 2014 at 3:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Very nice article published here and great information to learn. Thanks for doctor Patrick.

lewispaul (anonymous profile)
October 15, 2014 at 12:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Very efficient way to explain doctor Patrick and this one Educational Leadership is really helpful.

AndrewElson (anonymous profile)
December 19, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There you go again, DD. Finding myself in agreement with you. Thanks for speaking up from your own classroom perspective. The digital divide is over-rated and LAUSD certainly has shown showering students with "technology" was a disaster at every level from procurement to utility. One sniffs Mr Faverty is selling something more than what he claims is a good, but unsubstantiated, idea.

JarvisJarvis (anonymous profile)
December 20, 2014 at 8:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

A book which supports "our" [gulp!] position here, Jarv, is Elizabeth Losh's THE WAR ON LEARNING (MIT Press 2014) -- the digital divide is a BS concept foisted upon us by Apple, Google, Amazon, and the bizarre Internet trekkies.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
December 20, 2014 at 5:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Prime suspects, along with their attendant "consulting" acolytes. Like "financial planners" are not really insurance salesmen.

School boards still have to buy into this because someone has to write the checks. There has to be a weak link that can fight movement this on the ground and get at least our local classrooms to change course. (Ahem)

Well DD, you know what they say about a broken clock being right at least twice a day, and a million monkeys on a million typewriters will mimic Shakespeare. I guess our current synch is merely a random harmonic convergence, so neither of us should take it too seriously or offer any unearned courtesies or free passes future arguments. But "we" are on to something with this.

And your mother still wears combat boots, DD.

JarvisJarvis (anonymous profile)
December 20, 2014 at 6:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Today education has become very important to get employed or to make the best career..This blog on education leadership is quite nice and well written..Thanks for sharing this one..


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April 27, 2015 at 11:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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May 15, 2015 at 3:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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richardsmith (anonymous profile)
May 15, 2015 at 3:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

duh, it's a 2007 article. And LAUSD totally regrets its "iPads for all" billion dollar debacle and now sues to recover some of the monies.

DavyBrown (anonymous profile)
May 15, 2015 at 8 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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Alison10 (anonymous profile)
May 26, 2015 at 12:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The great Texas-California education wars offer interesting new rankings provided by none other than the major national teachers union NTA, which includes our own state teacher union behemoth CTA: Overall finding is high school graduation rates show absolutely no correlation to spending.

National goal is a 90% graduation rate. California comes in at 80.4%, while Texas which spends far less per pupil compared to California has a 88% graduation rate. Both share over 50% poverty and english learner issues.

New York is the top spender for education but graduation rates are a few points below California. New Jersey spends close to what New York spends but has much higher rates of graduation.

Utah is at the bottom of spending on education but has average graduation rates. Oregon spends above average on education but comes in dead last in graduation rates.

Final advice: "California should swallow its anti-Texas bias and spend some time figuring out why itTexas succeeds here California lags."

This is what the massive teachers unions own research found - more money does not mean better results. Next argument?

(Source: Dan Walters - Sacramento Bee)

JarvisJarvis (anonymous profile)
May 26, 2015 at 7:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Fascinating, with I comprise regard for Dr. Faverty. In the meantime, this drained old buzzword that "it is innovation that is commanding the world, and making individuals millions" is really worn out.

christiana_antiga (anonymous profile)
May 26, 2015 at 11:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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