The problem with education is not that teachers don't have access to computers but that if you gave those teachers access to everything they wouldn't know what to do with it.
If you want to get kids knowledgeable and excited about technology then you need teachers that are knowledgeable and excited about technology. Most aren't. Most are liberal arts majors that think the internet is facebook.
Because of licensing requirements, most teachers were probably education majors with an emphasis on their subject area, not pure 'liberal arts' majors. Regardless, the internet has been around long enough younger teachers are probably as savvy with internet usage as any other millennial, while older teachers were using the internet before Facebook let them register with the site.
Your school needs some help? Hire some CS majors. Why is this rocket science for people?
If we wanted to teach our kids how to play a musical instrument, would it not be obvious that the teacher would themselves have to know how to play? Obviously.
Yet how many teachers presumed to be able to teach technology are actually knowledgable about technology?
Exactly what? You have given exactly no data regarding the technology expertise of elementary or secondary teachers. You have just assumed we all think teachers are idiots who can't possibly be as smart as a CS major, because if there's one thing I've learned about CS majors in my time on Slashdot is that clearly they know everything about everything...just ask them!
In fact, many schools now hire technology specialists who not only help teachers use technology appropriately in the classroom, they can also teach students how to use technology. In elementary grades, this position works just like a music or art teacher. In upper grades, they may have their own specialty classes, again, like the music and art teachers, where technology is the focus. Other than that, if my kid is in an English composition class, I want him to be able to focus on researching a topic and then writing well about the subject, using the tools that are most appropriate for the task, not getting a CS lecture on logic gates or learning how to write his own word processor.
[snip]...The entire teacher hiring process has to be reviewed.
The teaching profession is not attracting the right people. Here someone will say "they're not paid enough money"... Yes and no. Some of them are not paid enough and some of them are paid far too much. Part of the issue is that the teachers want to be paid based on seniority rather on the actual quality of their work or on whether their skills as a teacher are actually in demand. So a PE coach that has been working at a school for many years expects to be paid more than a new science teacher that is actually hard to attract.
Wrong way to do it. You pay people according to how hard they are to attract. People that are really easy to get are paid less. People that are harder to get are paid more. Added to that, you reward teachers that are good at their jobs while generally paying the crappy ones what you think they're worth... which might be not a lot...[snip]
Frankly, there's more to being a good teacher - particularly in the younger grades - than just subject knowledge. If you think it's all babysitting and giving busywork, then I can see why you think some (non-science) teachers are overpaid. Teachers are not only responsible for having subject knowledge, they are responsible for: imparting that knowledge to 20-30 different learners at a time; keeping those students on task and progressing; constantly evaluating if the students are actually grasping the knowledge and applying it correctly; keeping track of a host of non-instructional and administrative tasks and responsibilities; and of course, teaching to whatever standardized bullshit test your state's legislature has mandated so they can be sure the children in their state can take multiple-choice tests as well as the kids in East Bufukistan.
So teaching is not just being the smartest person in the room; teaching is being the smart person at the front of the class who knows how to make the rest of the people in the room smarter while putting up with their constant bullshit. Paying based on seniority isn't ideal, but in a field where literally every classroom and every subject can be unique, it's almost the only constant that all teachers can be compared against. And the longer someone is in the field, the better they become at their craft. Make no mistake, even that PE teacher who has been at your school for 25 years is still evaluated on a regular basis, and if they're doing a crappy job at teaching PE, schools have ways to encourage that person to leave on their own accord long before they get to 25 years.
[snip]...Doubtless every kid with a relative that teachers is going to call me an asshole... I'm regret that I offend... I really do. But I'd rather offend then lie to people.
Congratulations. You managed to offend people WHILE lying! Ok, maybe they weren't intentional lies, but in repeating every trope about teachers being idiots without offering any kind of tangible evidence or data - merely your impression of teachers - your screed was truthy at best, while being nowhere close to the actual truth.