Income disparity limits access to technology at school

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  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    March 7, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    It's been said many times, if you think education is expensive, look at the cost of ignorance. When we provide everything needed to educate those in well-to-do school districts and give the rest of the kids leftovers and inadequate resources, it feeds a cycle of failure and poverty, and does our entire society a disservice. Many people don't realize that a single laptop or tablet computer can replace an entire stack of printed textbooks, as more and more of those texts are available in digital form. The digital books don't get damaged or destroyed and can be quickly updated as needed. They also include audio-visual content as links; the same stuff we used to get in class as filmstrips, movies and recordings, but now incorporated into the text itself for easy viewing and review.

    These are the kids who will be looking for jobs in a few years. It's up to us to provide the tools they need to be prepared for life and success. Right now, too many of them are being set up for failure.

  • utahprincipal801 Sandy, UT
    March 4, 2013 1:06 a.m.

    Correction: West Lake Junior High is in Granite School District, not Salt Lake District.