The Digital Divide in America's Schools Essay by johnnyoutsmart

The Digital Divide in America's Schools
An analysis of the impact of the advent of the computer and Internet on the classroom.
# 58138 | 1,268 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2004 | GB
Published on May 02, 2005 in Education (Education and Computers) , Sociology (General) , Ethnic Studies (General)

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This paper examines how, although Internet and computer technology are greatly beneficial to the educational status of students, they are also unfair tools that give only the economically comfortable students an opportunity to better themselves. It discusses how the development of a digital divide, defined by Kevin Taglang as the gap between those who have access to computers and the Internet, and those who do not, increases the gap between the educational opportunities offered to white, English-speaking and economically comfortable Americans and non-English-speaking, non-white, and poor Americans.

From the Paper:

"The introduction of computer and internet technology into almost all American classrooms does not solve the digital divide problem as the economic factor prevents such a solution. To benefit fully from computer and internet technology for education, it is important that students have continuous access to this tool. As discussed by Minkel, students should have access to such technology from their homes, so they can benefit from the Internet as a research guide and helper in homework. However, the home owning of computers is so mainly limited for the economically comfortable White Americans and is excluding for the minority ethnic and racial groups."

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