The Digital Divide
As educators continue to encourage their students to use the web for homework, projects and other school relayed assignments, experts are highlighting a disturbing and emerging trend aptly dubbed the “digital divide.”
This divide is between those students who have access to broadband internet connection at home to those who do not. This disparity, as often the case, is among socio-economic and racial lines. School leaders across the country, in districts with large numbers of low socioeconomic students, have take steps such as installing wi-fi on school buses and leaving them in the neighborhood after school so students can complete their homework.
The federal government, through the Federal Communications Committee (FCC), hopes to resolve this divide “ through $2 billion-a-year phone subsidy program, known as Lifeline, to include subsidies for broadband services in low-income homes.” Some see the web as addressing some of the equities that exist in education, but if this is anything to go by, it has only exacerbated the issue.