How to AVOID perpetuating the digital divide

Here is something I whipped up a few weeks ago during my teaching Internship. I believe there is a digital divide which generally aligns with the socio-economic status (SES) of students and schools. In Australia we are trying very hard to close this gap through initiatives such as the Digital Education Revolution. Unfortunately, I think we’ve got a long way to go still. There are days that I actually believe the gap in our youths’ social capital is widening, especially when I see teachers that don’t care and have low expectations of low-SES students. I believe teachers should be more accountable for what they actually DO in the classroom and we should EXPECT that teachers are constantly learning and modeling this lifelong learning skill. As parents we should also EXPECT that our children are being taught with care and expertise.  Our expectations of OUR youth should always be high, especially when they come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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