"The Oswego Technology Education Credo"

We believe in Technology Education as an essential part of general education. It is conceived as an answer to the problem of educating people to live in a world, which may be accurately characterized as technological. From a nation, which was the world’s foremost industrial power, the United States has become a leading participant in technological development for an increasingly global economy. Children and adults are now living in a civilization that has surrounded itself with technological devices, which must be understood and used. At the same time, economic organizations, through increasingly complex structures and interdependency, have been removed from the every day experience of the average individual. This very complexity makes difficult a comprehension of technology and its associated occupations. Hence, it becomes a function of the schools to give every student an appreciation and understanding of our technological civilization as a vital segment of American life.

Technology Education should begin in the lowest grades and continue thought all areas of public school. In the elementary school, Technology Education activities tend to make more meaningful the child’s immediate and remote environment, and at the same time give opportunity and purpose to the natural desire for activity. Psychologically, Technology Education provides an emotional outlet and an opportunity for many to experience success that would not be able to achieve these results in other areas. Exploration is provided for junior high school youth through a variety of activities, integrating the content of many academic disciplines, and dealing with problem solving and the occupations, resources, systems, and impacts of technology. On the senior high school level, students may study a broad range of technologies or focus on a group of related technologies. Learners may study technology for general information, to examine various career options, to acquire employment preparation skills, or as a preparation for many types of post secondary education.

Technology Education is for all students. It is equally essential for those who must leave school early and those who can continue to graduation; for the students with low scholastic ability or other handicapping conditions, and the gifted and talented students; for the future blue-collar workers, and those who expect to become managers and professionals; and for those of both high and low economic status. Females as well as males should have the opportunity to participate in Technology Education experiences. All must learn to live in an increasingly technological world. All must use, maintain, and consume the products of technology.

Technology Education should, in general, be characterized by breadth and a variety of experiences. To be a true study of technology, it is necessary that many aspects of many technologies must be explored. A school that confines its offerings to only one or two technologies, cannot meet fully the objectives of Technology Education. Technology Education should occur through hands-on, multi-sensory study and activity in a technical laboratory. It should integrate the theories and knowledge of such areas as science, mathematics, social studies, history, geography, and philosophy and draw upon them in seeking solutions to problems. Learners should solve real problems using tools, machines, and materials and acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values related to technology that will enable them to enjoy personal fulfillment and contribute to society.

By Vernon A. Tryon, Chairman, Department of Technology, after The Oswego Industrial Arts Credo by Dr. Gordon O. Wilber, Director, Division of Industrial Arts. Endorsed by the faculty 2/9/89. Slight revision by Dr. William Waite, 6/28/01.