The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected

Yes. Yes. Yes. This. This is something I’ve been talking about and seeing first-hand in schools throughout this country – and it’s not what you may think. While even a year ago, some schools would measure their technology-education success based on how many Chrome books they could secure for each of their students, this is becoming a thing of the past. As we learn more and more every day about the negative impacts of the constant screen-time, schools are trying to find a non-tech solution. The research is all there, and the creators of this technology are putting their kids in no-tech schools, and canceling their cable plans. I think there’s a healthy balance, but a conversation we can’t have soon enough. A must read.
“It wasn’t long ago that the worry was that rich students would have access to the internet earlier, gaining tech skills and creating a digital divide. Schools ask students to do homework online, while only about two-thirds of people in the U.S. have broadband internet service. But now, as Silicon Valley’s parents increasingly panic over the impact screens have on their children and move toward screen-free lifestyles, worries over a new digital divide are rising. It could happen that the children of poorer and middle-class parents will be raised by screens, while the children of Silicon Valley’s elite will be going back to wooden toys and the luxury of human interaction.” The New York Times #parenting #technology

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