The following statement is presented alongside “The Ten Elements of High Quality Digital Learning,” released today.
We share a vision for education in America.
Our vision is an education that maximizes every child’s potential for learning, prepares every child with the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and careers, and launches every child into the world with the ability to pursue his or her dreams.
By unleashing the power of digital learning, America has the ability to realize that vision today.
Digital learning can customize and personalize education so all students learn in their own style at their own pace, which maximizes their chances for success in school and beyond. With digital learning, every student – from rural communities to inner cities – can access high quality and rigorous courses in every subject, including foreign languages, math and science.
Digital learning can also be the catalyst for transformational change in education. It is a tool that can address a myriad of challenges faced by schools, community leaders, and policymakers. Digital learning can connect students in the most remote areas with high quality college- and career-prep courses taught by a highly qualified teacher who does not work inside their school building. It can be a powerful tool for teachers who are struggling to meet a variety of student needs. And it can connect communities to a vast network of resources that will help their students compete and succeed in the global economy.
As Governors, we learned that a comprehensive roadmap to reform yields success. That’s why we convened the Digital Learning Council with leaders in education, government, philanthropy, business, technology and think tanks to define the actions that lawmakers and policymakers must take to spark a revolution in digital learning. More than 100 people from across the nation invested countless hours and energy in this rapid virtual policy development. We are grateful to the council members for forging a path for education’s historic shift from print to digital, from age groups to individuals and from seat time to competency.
“The 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning” is just the beginning. During the next year, we will work to turn proposals into policy and arguments into action to transform education for today’s students. We hope you join us.
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