Our Kids; Our Responsibility

The PTO of Morehead Middle School has raised enough funds to lease a cart of 25 Dell 620 laptops for three years. The story was captured in the News-Times article, “PTO Doesn’t Wait, Buys Own Laptops.”

“There was so much we wanted to do and we felt technology had taken a back seat for so long,” said technology facilitator Lisa Raines. “In order for students to compete, the computers are absolutely needed.”

“We’ve got to keep up with the technology, and we couldn’t wait another two or three years. That’s another group of kids that’s not getting the education they need,” she said.

Advisory council member Stephanie McIntyre agreed.

“Coming from a county where the school system provided up-to-date technology, it’s sad that we have to do things like this to get it,” she said. “I hate that the school system doesn’t have the funds to pay for it. We’re getting behind other school systems.

I applaud Morehead Middle for the initiative to do what they had to do to secure educational resources for their students. I lament, however, that it has come to this.

Check the demographics!  We are going to see local Digital Divide issues intensify, rather than alleviate, if we as a school system and a community fail to provide necessary resources to prepare all of our students to be future-ready in a global context.

And if we don’t prepare our students to be successful in a flattened world, to whose students will we be conceding the advantage?

—more reasons to fully fund technology at Budget OneStop

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One Response to Our Kids; Our Responsibility

  1. Laura Unger says:

    While I also congratulate this effort, I also lament that it has come to this. In a report cited on the http://www.Speedmatters.org website, they remark that approximately 34% of US households do own computers. You also need to pair that with the fact that even among those who do, they cannot afford a broadband connection because they are both expensive and often not even provided as some areas are “redlined” and are denied access to the speeds needed to really utilize the internet. A comprehensive solution to “No Child Left Offline” would be both subsidized computers and public policy that encourages investment in affordable, high speed internet for every family. The Speed Matters site gives some good examples of the kind of policies that are needed.

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