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in the late 1950s and early 1960s, married
women were not allowed to teach.
Karen went on to become a math teacher.
When she started teaching Fortran, her stu-
dents never actually saw the computer they
were programming, which sat on some re-
mote college campus.
Karen’s life obviously went on from there, but
listening to her, I got stuck in her past, awe-
struck at how different things have become for
students and teachers as we enter 2013.
I don’t know what happened to Karen’s
schoolhouse, but I guarantee you that chil-
dren in rural Iowa have access to more than
chalkboards and books, and can learn with
more than eight other students—thanks to
the power of the internet. I also can assure
you that their teachers can get married (or
not) without risk of losing their jobs. And stu-
dents today are not programming for off-site
mainframes, but creating their own apps and
taking charge of their learning in ways that
Karen, even in her wildest dreams, could not
I’ve been involved in education for over 25
years, and it’s easy feel cynical: Sometimes it
seems like things never change. But Karen’s
story shows me how we have all been the
beneficiaries of enormous, positive changes
in teaching and learning. And that makes me
feel quite hopeful as we look forward to 2013
and beyond. Happy new year.
You don’t have to look that far back in American education to see how far we’ve come.
therese Mageau, Editorial Director
in one lifetime,
chalk to htMl.
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THis speCial December issue of T.H.E.
Journal is about looking forward, but today
I feel inspired to look back. Recently, I at-
tended a ceremony for the Association of
Educational Publishers (AEP) Hall of Fame,
honoring people who have made significant
lifetime contributions to educational publish-
ing. (The founder of T.H.E. Journal, Ed Warn-
shuis, was a posthumous inductee in 2007.)
One of this year’s honorees is Karen Bill-
ings, vice president of the education division
of the Software & Information Industry As-
sociation (SIIA), and I want to share with you
some of her story.
Karen grew up in rural Iowa, where she
attended a one-room schoolhouse with
eight other children. The only “technology”
she had access to was the horse she rode
to school, the chalkboard, pencils, and, of
course, books. For the first six years of her
schooling she had two teachers, one of
whom taught her for four straight years. As
Karen said, she was very lucky that both her
teachers were excellent and single, because
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