The Haves and the Have-Nots
The technological disparity among schools and districts is staggering. Some school districts provide a great deal of funds to buy technology for schools. Many schools across the country are wired for broadband technology, which provides them with high-speed access to the Internet. However, there are also many school districts that do not have enough funds to provide more than a handful of computers to their schools. This disparity only exacerbates the problems in education. In fact, it can often act as a lightning rod for criticism.
The sad fact is that many of the schools that do not have a lot of technology are located in the poorest areas. Since computers and technology have become such an integral part of the world, it is imperative that we do not create a situation where some students are left behind because of where they live. With this said, it is also important that we do not rob important programs like the arts for the funds to purchase additional technology.