Staying Connected February 2016

There has been much talk lately about the issue of the digital divide and equity. Recently, The New York Times published an article,  Bridging a Digital Divide That Leaves Schoolchildren Behind, about how some school children are being left behind due to their lack of access to internet at home, which is needed to complete assignments. Kids are forced to stand outside school buildings in the dark on their electronic devices in order to have access to Wi-Fi or find other places outside of their homes to work.

This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, but I am troubled that often the solution to technology issues such as these is to buy more technology, or in this case, buy broadband for the home. The problem is that it’s creating an endless cycle. Today’s technology will be outdated in a few years. Broadband will be considered yesterday’s dial-up in the near future. Today’s inkjet printers–which printer ink is an expensive item for many families–will  be replaced by 3D printers. To introduce children to these advances is a necessity in school, but should not be pushed on families at home.

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