POLICY & ADVOCACY Geoffrey H. Fletcher
Geoff gets his boss to speculate about what 2013 will look like for educational technology
now that the Obama administration is continuing for a second term.
The Race Continues
s a futurist, I have a hard time predicting the future,
because that implies that there is only one
future, and that we have no impact on what
may take place in the days and years ahead.
While trends are under way and decisions have already
been made that will determine, to some degree, what
may happen in time, the actions we take today will go a
long way toward creating the future.
Now that we know the results of the election, I have
asked Douglas Levin, executive director of the State
Educational Technology Directors Association, to respond
to a few leading questions about what educators
can expect from the federal government in the next
couple of years when it comes to supporting educational
Fletcher: What do you think is the impact of the
presidential election results on the field of educational
Levin: As much as I’d like to say that the outcome of
the presidential election signals a dramatic shift toward
or endorsement of educational technology, the
real answer is a bit more complicated for two reasons.
First, I don’t see partisanship as a determining factor
in whether policymakers support educational technology
funding or programs per se. Rather, the differences
have to do more with perceptions about how
technology helps or hinders other reforms that policymakers
are keen on advancing.
Now don’t get me wrong, the parties do have different
views regarding the federal role in education. A second
term for the Obama administration should result in
vigorous arguments for more federal education funding
and a more activist federal role in education than the
alternative would have brought us.
Nonetheless, recall the praise from Gov. Romney for
Education Secretary Arne Duncan on the campaign
trail. I think the policy shifts that a Romney administration
would have brought to DC would have been
smaller in practice than many following the campaigns
might have come away expecting. And, ultimately,
Congress is the body that has to pass the federal
education budget. The president has a major role, but
does not in any way dictate the outcome.
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