Now that school is back in and we can talk to our teachers, let's find out exactly who is teaching our children what. I have 4 children, one just graduated Paly, one entering Paly, one entering JLS and one in 3rd grade. Over the past few years I have been told by elementary teachers that they don't teach computer skills because middle school does it so well, and middle school teachers tell me that basic skills should be taught in elementary school and if my kids don't know how to type or present their homework in a technological manner, then I should buy a program and teach it myself. Firstly, I am not that computer literate myself to know how to do it and secondly, it is not my job to prepare them for doing things the way the school expects. Also, knowing my kids, if I tell them to do something that isn't homework or told to do by the teacher, then they just aren't going to do what they think of as school work for me.
PAUSD must get a technology curriculum and decide what each grade level should know and who is expected to teach what. At present, some elementary schools are doing a reasonably good job and improving, while others are still in cloud cuckoo land about the whole thing. When I see stuff written in PAUSD literature, it tells me about funding and equipment. I don't get much of that stuff. What I understand is what is my child going to learn this year, what is he/she expected to know already, and how can I help them.
Yes, this is silicon valley and as parents most of us are aware of what technology is and how it can help in today's world. But, our children still need to be taught IT skills and a standard should be agreed on. True, I do not want my third grader to have full access to the internet and to type before he can write cursive, but I do want my 6th grader to be at the same level as his new classmates from different schools and not to feel left out if he is unable to type his homework and do presentations. My daughter managed to teach herself a lot of this stuff and she is now in college, but as for my present 9th grader, what he knows is still a mystery to me and probably to him. I do not want my younger children to be in the same boat.
So wake up PAUSD and get an IT curriculum, schedule, and tell us what it is.