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South Middle Technology Education Mission Statement
Technology Education is an integrating discipline that provides students with an opportunity to
study the human–made world and to develop technological literacy as part of their fundamental
education. Students must understand the world we have made for them and how everything
they do affects its well being.
Technology has enhanced human communications, comfort, safety, productivity, medical care,
and agriculture, among many other things. However, the world is affected by both natural problems
and problems that arise from the human modification of the natural world. Examples of these include
arctic warming, overpopulation, escalating drought, elevated carbon emissions, unregulated
deforestation, and the deterioration of coral reefs. On one hand, technology has added to the
degradation of the natural environment while on the other hand, technology is viewed by many as
a panacea to solve these and future problems. It is imperative that we prepare a more
technologically literate citizenry that is knowledgeable and able to comprehend such problems.
Citizens of today must have a basic understanding of how technology affects their world and how
they exist both within and around technology. The need for technological literacy is as
fundamentally important to students as traditional core subject area knowledge and abilities.
Students need and deserve the opportunity to attain technological literacy through the