President gives us thumbs up


From: Marc Siegel <marc@quest.arc.nasa.gov>
Subject: President gives us thumbs up
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 1997 17:54:14 -0700 (PDT)


I guess it seems less self-serving when Jan sends these out.
But I'm a longtime self server, so here is the news from 
The White House:

The President ordered all federal agencies to implement Internet
education programs and named Quest as a model to follow.  Yee ha!  
Do you think that ringing endorsement from the top will help at all
with next year's budget....
Details below
Marc

--- On Sun, 20 Apr 1997 01:37-0400  The White House 
<Publications-Admin@WhiteHouse.Gov> wrote:


                          THE WHITE HOUSE
  
                   Office of the Press Secretary
  
  _______________________________________________________________
  
  For Immediate Release	   	     	           April 19, 1997
  
  
  
  
                           April 18, 1997
  
  
  
  MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
  
  SUBJECT:       Expanding Access to Internet-based Educational
                 Resources for Children, Teachers, and Parents
  
  
  My number one priority for the next 4 years is to make sure 
  that all Americans have the best education in the world.
  
  One of the goals of my Call to Action for American Education 
  is to bring the power of the Information Age into all of our 
  schools.  This will require connecting every classroom and 
  library to the Internet by the year 2000; making sure that 
  every child has access to modern, multimedia computers; giving 
  teachers the training they need to be as comfortable with the 
  computer as they are with the chalkboard; and increasing the 
  availability of high-quality educational content.  When America 
  meets the challenge of making every child technologically 
  literate, children in rural towns, the suburbs, and inner city 
  schools will have the same access to the same universe of 
  knowledge.
  
  I believe that Federal agencies can make a significant 
  contribution to expanding this universe of knowledge.  Some 
  agencies have already launched a number of exciting projects 
  in this area.  The White House has a special "White House 
  for Kids" home page with information on the history of the 
  White House.  NASA's K-12 initiative allows students to 
  interact with astronauts and to share in the excitement of 
  scientific pursuits such as the exploration of Mars and Jupiter 
  and with experiments conducted on the Space Shuttle.  The 
  AskERIC service (Education Resources Information Center), 
  supported by the Department of Education, has a virtual library 
  of more than 900 lesson plans for K-12 teachers, and provides 
  answers to questions from educators within 48 hours -- using 
  a nationwide network of experts and databases of the latest 
  research.  Students participating in the Vice President's GLOBE 
  project (Global Learning and Observation for a Better 
  Environment) collect actual atmospheric, aquatic, and biological 
  data and use the Internet to share, analyze, and discuss the 
  data with scientists and students all over the world.  With 
  support from the National Science Foundation, the Department of 
  Energy, and the Department of Defense's CAETI program 
  (Computer-Aided 
  Education and Training Initiative), the Lawrence Berkeley 
  Laboratory has developed a program that allows high school 
  students to request and download their own observations of 
  the universe from professional telescopes.
  
  We can and should do more, however.  Over the next 3 months, 
  you should determine what resources you can make available that 
  would enrich the Internet as a tool for teaching and learning, 
  and produce and make available a new or expanded version of your 
  service within 6 months.
  
       You should use the following guidelines to support this 
  initiative:
  
       Consider a broad range of educational resources, 
       including multimedia publications, archives of primary 
       documents, networked scientific instruments such as 
       telescopes and supercomputers, and employees willing 
       to serve as tele-mentors or answer student and teacher 
       questions.
  
       Expand access not only to the information and other 
       resources generated internally, but by the broader 
       community of people and institutions that your agency 
       works with and supports.  For example, science agencies 
       should pursue partnerships with professional societies, 
       universities, and researchers to expand K-12 access to 
       scientific resources.
  
       Update and improve your services in response to comments 
       from teachers and students, and encourage educators to 
       submit curricula and lesson plans that they have developed 
       using agency material.
  
       Focus on the identification and development of high-quality 
       educational resources that promote high standards of 
       teaching and learning in core subjects.  Of particular 
       importance are resources that will help students read well 
       and independently by 4th grade, and master challenging 
       mathematics, including algebra and geometry, by 8th grade.
  
       Make sure the material you develop is accessible to people 
       with disabilities.  Earlier this month, I announced my 
       support for the Web Accessibility Initiative, a 
       public-private partnership that will make it easier for 
       people with disabilities to use the World Wide Web.
  
  I am also directing the Department of Education to develop 
  a "Parents Guide to the Internet," that will explain the 
  educational benefits of this exciting resource, as well as 
  steps that parents can take to minimize the risks associated 
  with the Internet, such as access to material that is 
  inappropriate for children.  
  
  The Department of Education will also be responsible for 
  chairing an interagency working group to coordinate this 
  initiative to ensure that the agency-created material is of 
  high quality, is easily accessible, and promotes awareness 
  of Internet-based educational resources among teachers, 
  parents, and students.
  
  
  
       	    	      	   	     WILLIAM J. CLINTON
  
  
  
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