The group’s initial issue to look at was – Do some students lack access to technology based on individual or local socioeconomic status? As I review this issue, and peel away to the heart of the issue, I wonder is the access based on knowledge or ignorance or based on money and ability to pay or not to pay for the 21st century technology? Do our families, communities, and schools lack the money to provide the technology to our children/students or do the lower socioeconomic groups – poor rural families who may be black, white or hispanic, lack the knowledge of what is important to the growth and education of a child/student to compete in this global economy? So is it access or ignorance, pre-education or post-education, families/communities or schools?
As a leader in education, it is my responsibility to be proactive and advocate for the needs of all of my students. Since we cannot always control the have and have-nots and the resources outside our school day, we need to do everything within our power to find equity within our school day and stay competitive with all other schools in the state of Virginia. Being competitive as a citizen in our global economy and a possible student in our post secondary institutions is important!!