Ask how we are going to compete in a global 21st century economy if ALL our kids and teachers donâ€™t have access to and knowledge of global 21st century tools – NOW. Mention that they should be worried about what happens when China loosens up on access for their citizens and they learn to speak English. Therefore we should take advantage of our freedoms, since China canâ€™t, and use this time to teach our students and citizenry how to use these 21st century tools of learning and doing while we can (I seem to remember about them having more GT students than we have students). We should invest in our future because China, India, et al – are investing in theirs.
(you might mention to Senator Stevens that the internet isnâ€™t a series of tubes â€“ heâ€™ll appreciate it later â€“ nah, never mind that part).