According to a recent government study, two-thirds of white kids have access to the internet at home, while less than half of minority kids have that same access. Can’t those little slackers go out and get a job, sheeeesh. Get out and pick yourselves up by your velcro shoe-straps, ya bums.
The public schools are doing a pretty good job of giving all kids access to the internet, but lack of access at home is quite an handicap in a world where digital skills are paramount in the world of ‘getting a damn job’, ya know.
We are so good at blaming the victim in our rush to individual accountability. Adults should be held accountable, but why do we have to let our social darwinism slop over into our children’s world. Poor kids have enough handicaps without a new digital curtain to overcome.
Getting broadband access to the entire community should be common sense, both for current and prospective businesses, and the education of the community. There has to be a way to get low-cost computers into every household, whether it is a government program, individual donors, business partnerships with non-profits, or churches, or a combination of any and all that.
Self-determination is important, but building the future is a little easier for those of us who have 21st century tools.