No Internet here!

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I am  visiting elderly parents who have no computer. As I sit here, I consider students  who also have no computer in the home.  While we tend to take for granted the presence of technology, the fact is that many of our very poor households have no computer or no internet connection. Sometimes five kids are competing for one connection. As I try to do this one post on my phone, blessed with an expanded data plan, I would like to note how severely disadvantaged these students have become by the time they get to middle or high school. To illustrate this idea more completely, I teach in a school of free or reduced lunches. I have a great deal to teach my students about how to use computers and the Internet. At home, my own children run circles around me. They are much quicker than I am. My district’s high school students ought to have left me in the dust by now.

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