June 12, 2019
I have been on the school board of my little town for over 20 years, and have always been troubled by the achievement gap between children who come from affluent homes and those who do not. I have seen children entering kindergarten having already started to read, and I have seen others entering kindergarten without ever having held a book. That is a gap that tends to persist (indeed, widen) as the children grow.
So this particular fact did not exactly make my day: According to this article from the Associated Press, nearly 3 million students in the U.S. struggle to overcome the so-called homework gap — a difficulty presented by the absence of internet in the home as a result of its cost or availability. Seventeen percent of students do not have access to a computer at home and 18 percent do not have access to broadband internet.
I’m not sure what the solution is, but I sure can identify a problem when I see one.