Monday, June 03, 2019 1:00 am
Tech gap perpetuates society's imbalances
Technology has allowed students to manipulate connectivity, learning and communication at a faster pace. However, what happen to students who fall within the “homework gap?”
The homework gap refers to the difference in academic performance between two groups of students: those who have regular access to digital devices and those who are financially challenged. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel called it “the cruelest part of our digital age.” In 2018, six out of seven teachers assigned online homework. Yet, only about half of the student body was able to complete those assignments as a result of various setbacks. Minority and low-income families are especially pushed.
Some might argue that technology is vital today and that it should be a requirement to have at least a phone or a laptop. But pressuring “underserved” students to perform similarly to students who already have an advantage could amount to discrimination.
To avoid such outcomes, we shouldstrive to incorporate more traditional teaching styles with textbooks and paper assignments while also utilizing school hours for digital assignments. We can also reach out to local businesses to donate to our school programs.
If we can bridge the technology gap, it would be one step toward a more inclusive future.
Pulling weather station cripples community
Why would WPTA-TV remove the weather station? I would guess thousands of viewers turned on their television four or five times per day. Why? They needed to know what the temperature and weather forecast is.
People trying to get to Fort Wayne cannot get a forecast. WPTA should realize how important the weather station was to everyone in the area.
The mayor wants a growing community and to retain the bright students in Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne cannot even retain a weather station. Perhaps WPTA will realize the grave mistake and return the weather station to us. I hope so.
Honor Flight offered a day of memories
My recent Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., will long be remembered by all participating veterans. True appreciation goes to the Honor Flight Northeast Indiana board of directors; its impressive president, Dennis Covert; and the tireless volunteers including the Honorable Judge Fran Gull.
The trip was somewhat of a reunion in returning to the nation's capital, as the Air Force in 1952 assigned me to the newly established National Security Agency, then located at the Arlington Hall (a former 100-acre girls college campus) close to the Pentagon. Our group was fortunate to have Auburn native, USAF 2nd Lt. Chandler Nan, and her mother, Amy, joining our group. Chandler's unexpected promotion to first lieutenant occurred at the Air Force Memorial. She currently is with the National Security Agency, now located at Fort Meade.
The well-planned trip swept through many D.C. sites with a police escort, enabling more visits in the limited trip time. The Arlington National Cemetery exchange of the guard has had many improvements since 1952; all proved an enhancement for visitors' orderly viewing.
Exceptional memories included the elementary school students on their D.C. trips, expressing their sincere thanks to the veterans for serving and protecting our country. Twice, some students came back to talk with me and I mentioned, “Didn't I just talk with you?” “Yes, but we like talking with you,” they replied. A teacher from the south who asked whether a student of hers could have a picture with me ended up with an individual picture with all her students.
W. Paul Wolf