I believe that in the next 10-20 years.....
The American dollar will have become the Amero and will be used in Mexico, Canada, and the United States. The economy of the United States will become equal to all the countries in the world. This in turn will affect governments ability to spend excess monies on any governmental department with the exception of the military. All government agencies will have their fiscal budget cut drastically.
As a result of the lack of money for education and the ease and availability of computers and computer related technology, schools will be run predominantly like a cyber classroom. The cheap price of the computers will offset and save over the cost of textbooks, curriculum materials and teachers salaries. Intelligent design software will readily access and teach students without the mess of paper and pencil. Teachers will no longer need to lecture and teach, but rather monitor, monitor behavior, and provide technical assistance. In each classroom the students will have their own personal computer that will work with them one on one. It will access and analyze their speech, writing, logic, and knowledge. All work is recorded on the school main frame which is networked to a government Education platform. This will make it easier for the NCLB of 2001.
Curriculum specialists will become the eyes and ears for educational software developers. No longer will they have to research what text book will fit the needs of their district to help failing grades. They will only have to rely on the computer to asses what the students learning needs are.
The biggest problem is not preparing students for high stakes tests, but rather to foster 21st century learning skills and knowledge in learners so that they are prepared to participate in our global knowledge based civilization.(Dede, 2005)