In response to Wayne Hoffman’s Sept. 24 column:
Mr. Hoffman, as a recently retired math teacher, I can assure you that teachers in Idaho have been using technology in the classroom for many years. It is already part of the regular curriculum.
You stated that “the union wants you to fear and reject technology,” but nothing could be further from the truth. As a math teacher I incorporated many visuals and other math videos from the Internet. My geometry students did projects where they did Power Point presentations. Many of my coworkers used the “clicker” system to evaluate students. We had three computer labs and two laptop carts in our middle school that were used constantly.
Our teachers took many classes to keep updated on the latest technology, and they use it every day in their classes so that our children are interested and knowledgeable in our world today. This isn’t just our school, it’s going on in all of our schools across Idaho!
The question here is where do we spend the little money that is available for education. You are proposing spending thousands of dollars now and every year to out-of-state vendors while we have large number of students in our classrooms. What we need is more teachers to lower class sizes. We will still have technology in the classroom — we’ve been doing it for years — but we can give students the attention they deserve.
* Sandra Wonderly, Nampa