Students in the 'homework gap' struggle to complete online homework assignments. Here's what you need to know

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  • GrandpaDon Layton, UT
    June 11, 2019 1:02 p.m.

    Hmmm, so students/parents are reporting difficulties completing homework due to lack of technology, but have those students/parents spoken with the school about it? It's been my experience that all teachers will make reasonable accommodations in this matter. Want a paper copy of an assignment? Print it off at school.

    Now, there are students who goof off and don't use their time wisely, but that's a different matter.

  • Harrison Bergeron Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2019 12:52 p.m.

    “I have kids all the time who are like, 'Miss, can you just give me a paper copy of this?' And I'm like, 'Well, no, because I really need you to get familiar with technology because it's not going away,'"

    It sounds like the main problem is intransigent, uncaring, intractable, callous teachers.

  • utahreader CENTERVILLE, UT
    June 11, 2019 7:56 a.m.

    Hugo, you blame this on teachers, but the Davis School District requires high school teachers to have at least part of their curriculum online and available to students 24/7. Not all of the teachers want to but they are required to. You should look more towards the school board and superintendent instead of blaming teachers.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    June 11, 2019 7:53 a.m.

    There is this myth that in American i is a level playing field for all kids, and they they just need to have more desire to succeed is all the difference. But even here in Utah, 17% of kids don't have access to broadband, and there is nothing the kids themselves can no about it.

    Teachers can not "assign" work for the kids to do out of class for which they don't have access to the resources to perform that work. Simply shouldn't happen. One poster rightfully claims that technology is the future.... but other reality is that there are classes of people who today don't have access to the technology. Ironically one solution is that this work could or should be done in school - to which many districts will reply they don't have enough equipment in the schools to mandate that either.

    I agree technology is the future.... but teachers need to be mindful of their students. Perhaps early on "lab time" needs to be inserted into the students daily schedule, just like in college, where students can have access to things they wouldn't be able to do at home. But you can't just leave a group of kids behind, it just perpetuates existing problems and disadvantages.

  • northland55 Provo, UT
    June 10, 2019 6:41 p.m.


    Computers and the internet are simply the future to relevance and success in the commercial world. Schools aren't usurping any control. Whether students are busy doing homework on the computer and internet or busy doing non-computer homework, you still don't get family your family time so what's the difference? Teachers would be doing a disservice to students if they weren't preparing their students for the future.

  • Hugo West Jordan, UT
    June 10, 2019 4:16 p.m.

    Teachers really need to realize that their insistence on using computers and the internet for homework is usurping parental control at home. A hard truth that teachers need to recognize is that parents choose how much computer and internet time their children get in their home - not teachers.

    Teachers get plenty of time in each day with the children to teach them about technology. The evenings are the time I get with my children to teach them the things that are truly important for a successful and happy life.

    If teachers want work completed on the computer/internet, they need to make provisions for the student to complete it while they are in the school.