R. S. Pite
The American Education Situation:
How Technology Changes Educating, Learning, and the Social Divide
America is in the middle of an education crisis. There is a growing divide between higher-achieving schools and classrooms and lower-achieving schools and classrooms, similar to the growing separation of the upper and lower classes in America. As the schools of higher classes and more affluent communities obtain and provide technologically advanced learning environments, schools with less funding are left in the dust. Seeing as how higher-achieving schools are located in more prosperous communities they integrate more updated, state of the art, and expensive, educational technology in their classrooms. Every measure taken to update an already advanced school furthermore defines the line between the higher and lower-achieving schools; the lower achieving schools seeming always finding the short end of the stick. Those in lower achieving schools are at a severe disadvantage, not only because of their communities, high dropout rates, and little funding; but also, due to the inability to educate students technologically, which has a massive hold on any work environment. Some American classrooms are improving due to the use of technology; however those in lower-achieving schools and classrooms are left behind.
There are many factors that affect a schools achievement: funding, parent involvement and a schools surrounding community name a few. However, the major difference between those Ivy League college bound and those dropping out of high school is technology. It sounds ridiculous that access to technology is the reason why some students ‘make it’ and others do not; but sadly, it is the truth. Dave Evans, the chief futurist for Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group, writes how the internet changes the world, he states that: “[The internet] accelerate[s] the discovery of cures for diseases, to understanding climate change, to enhancing the way companies do business, to making every day life more enjoyable” (1). But that is not all the Internet does, the Internet creates open-mindedness and interests, international connections, self-expression, as well as “Proactive and reactive” fights for environmental and humane conditions across the globe (Evans 2). Those that are Ivy League college bound use the Internet on a daily basis, interacting with the world around them via computers, tablets, and smartphones; opposing such activity, the majority of high school dropouts lack basic typing skills and go unaware of the world around them. Such gap is the result of different, un-levelled, types of schooling. Using technology regularly in classrooms aids in the level of schooling. A typical day for a student in a high achieving school differs greatly from those in low achieving schools. Ranked as the best private high school in southern Connecticut, Choate Rosemary Hall, in Wallingford, utilizes technology in all of their classrooms. On the schools self-intuitive website there is a direct link to the schools technological use. The web page begins by explaining how the school has combined “[Their] long heritage of excellence with cutting edge innovation,” by giving their students iPads and utilizing them to their full capacity in the classroom, as well as strongly suggesting personal student laptops, and enforcing that all of their buildings have wireless internet access (Choate Rosemary Hall: Technology 1). The web page continues by stating that: Teachers now have the ability to more easily integrate technology both in and out of the classroom by utilizing content resources and tools that increase student engagement with the subject matter and development of skills…the greatest advantage so far has the iPad serving as a catalyst for discussion and deep thinking about teaching and learning. Those discussions are already yielding changes in teaching methodologies to be more closely aligned with...
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