The Homework Gap: What does it mean to our community?

Commissioner JR

The power of broadband technology cannot be overstated and no population has more to gain than the low-income families and their children that lack access to broadband at home.

We hope  that you can join us today as we welcome Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to discuss solutions to the homework gap.

As the nation shifts into a new, non-industrial, and digital economy, it is critical for  students to be equipped with the knowledge and digital skills necessary to compete and succeed in today’s 21st global economy.

Today, 7 in 10 teachers assign homework that requires Internet access. Yet, a disproportionate number of Hispanics and African American students lack access to broadband at home.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel succinctly refers to this overlap as the “homework gap” further noting that it is “the cruelest part of the digital divide.”

The lack of access can potentially create a situation where students with access to broadband at home will have an even greater advantage over those students who can only access these digital resources at their public school.

What does this mean for communities of color? If we don’t act and address this issue, millions of Latino and African American school-aged children will be left behind. This can potentially lead to a cycle of poverty and inequality.

We can no longer deprive our nation of the full benefits our diverse talent pool has to offer. Our nation’s students are the next investment in America.

We, at LATISM, believe that everyone plays a vital role in this transformation. We ask that you join us as we elevate the dialogue on this important issue, seek to strengthen unique public-private partnerships, and set measurable goals to help prepare students for future success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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