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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

How to fix the "homework gap"



The Associated Press reported, "‘Homework gap’ shows millions of students lack home Internet."

I know the solution.

But first, here is what the AP reported, "In what has become known as the homework gap, an estimated 17 percent of U.S. students do not have access to computers at home and 18 percent do not have home access to broadband Internet, according to an Associated Press analysis of census data."

Later in the story, AP said, "Students without Internet at home are more likely to be students of color, from low-income families or in households with lower parental education levels. Janice Flemming-Butler, who has researched barriers to Internet access in Hartford’s largely black north end, said the disadvantage for minority students is an injustice on the same level as 'when black people didn’t have books.'"

Well, black people do have books now. What is the problem? Use them.

Teachers in the north end of Hartford, Connecticut, can close this gap immediately by assigning homework that does not require the Internet. Generations of students learned without the Internet. Why not this one?

But AP said teachers don't want to do that.

The story said, "English teacher Susan Johnston said she also tries to stick with educational programs that offer smartphone apps. Going back to paper and chalkboards is not an option, she said.

"'I have kids all the time who are like, ‘Miss, can you just give me a paper copy of this?’ And I’m like, ‘Well, no, because I really need you to get familiar with technology because it’s not going away,’" she said."

That's real dedication, isn't it?

Johnston knows her students do not have access to the Internet but refuses to help them. Too much paperwork.

22 comments:

  1. And they demand we pay them even more to do this.

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    1. In ancient Greece, teachers were slaves. They should not forget this.

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  2. Alles Heil Sieg Heil. Nothing like that personalized learning, right? Home school. No other way.

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  3. there's a reason it is called programming.
    one mandated size fits all.
    the problem with books is that books on a subject have multiple viewpoints. that was the point in Fahrenheit 451.

    scholars learn to be judgemental, picking nuggets and ignoring the tailings. that can lead to hair trigger b-s meters. and if you keep filing at it, you can turn that into an automatic weapon of disbelief. big brother frowns at that. Smores it mightily.
    waterman

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    1. Kind of like global cooling, eh, global warming, eh climate change. That's the ticket, climate change. Everyone acknowledges that is a problem, except for the deniers.

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  4. books are the best brain exercise available.
    1 you convert black squiggles to letters and words.
    2 you turn those words into pictures and concepts.
    3 you reach back into memory for previous pictures and concepts
    4 you compare and contrast New to previous.
    5 you judge strengths and weaknesses
    6 you alter rankings to reflect new judgements
    7 you turn page, rinse and repeat.

    compared to spongebob at the computer, battered by information overload into acceptance, all b-s meter fuses burnt to crispy critters. Madison avenues favorite.
    waterman

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    1. Exactly. Using computers solely rewires the brain...and they control computers and content, they can't control what you read. Kids can order books from the library if all they have are romances, videos and thrillers, like my library.

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  5. My wife, who now substitutes, sees kids able to use their smart phones in class and we live in a rural, conservative county. But it is beyond the lack of the Internet, it is discipline/consequences.
    We talk to the school superintendent and see that the state and federal governments have places limits on what they can do legally. They can no longer kick a 16 year old out of school; it is now 18 and the kids know it. I am supposed to take a tour of a school that he wants me to do. Don't know what that will accomplish, but he really wants me to do it for some reason.
    I tried to convince the school system 20 years ago to try and get a law to start legally making parents mind their misbehaving children in school on a daily basis until the teachers saw an improvement in behavior. The schools have a limited ability to discipline students and when they do parents sue.
    Parents believe their kid's lies as we found out recently when the school was called about my wife's supposed improper language directed at their child. Calling my wife foul names and tell her to get f'ed is not unusual. Teachers are attacked and the police are not called. Disgusting.
    I have discussed this with the superintendent; he has known me and especially my wife who ran for school board, for years.

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    1. Union "teachers" won't call the cops because it shows they refuse to do their jobs.

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    2. My wife worked as a substitute teacher and gave that us 27 years ago because she saw the decline of discipline in the classrooms and lack of support for the teachers. I can only imagine it got worse in the last 27 years.

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    3. Happened to y wife too. Kid accused her of using foul language, too. Administrator said "Children don't lie." Only thing that saved her as the TA that saw who actually used the foul (F'n this and that ) words-the kid.
      Wife quit subbing after that..
      This was ten years ago, yes it is worse..

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    4. Whatever happened to "We won't believe everything our kids say about you teachers, if you don't believe everything they say about us parents"?

      BTW, my kids' parochial schools (gender segregated!) only allow the use of internet-access devices if they are filtered and supervised.

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  6. There is the library.

    -Mikey NTH

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    1. Like rotary phones, kids now don't know how to research anything in a library. If they can't google it, they will be lost.
      In 5 years, if not already, citations in theses will be google. Google will not only control what you can read politically, they will also be able to focus "research" to whatever their view is.

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    2. Right you are Mikey. I was going to say they should walk their asses to the library too.

      I am also willing to bet that many of those without internet at home have smartphones that access the internet. You can even see homeless with smart phones - Obamaphone anyone?

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  7. Going back to paper and chalkboards is not an option

    Too much work for lazy union teachers.

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    1. Just a little research reveals that gov't schools are not meant to educate, they are meant to dumb down, teach herd behavior, groupthink, obedience to "authority", dependence, and kill curiosity. John Taylor Gatto, Samuel Blumenfeld, shoot, read the great "father of modern education John Dewey, who bemoaned the American "reading fetish" and said we need a dumbed down class to "serve society" without question, and to convert the population from Christianity to state worship (socialism/communism. The damage to Americas people has been monstrous, and is how we now are run by a criminal Deep State that colludes with drug lords, sells out the country and it's people, and opensly despises the white majority and is actively destroying that as "racist".

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  8. WE need a damned right button! Get with it Don!

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  9. Hartford is sort of New England's answer to Chicago. Without the body count.

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