Federal bureaucrats and antipoverty activists who once worried over poor children getting inadequate access to the Internet now fret that those same disadvantaged kids enjoy too much access, wasting untold hours of their time in front of computer and (digital) TV screens. The old “digital divide” supposedly separated technological haves and have-nots; the new “time-wasting divide” splits middle-class kids who consume too much electronic content from impoverished children who consume way too much.
Cable TV? Fox News host John Stossel debunks the “myth” that poverty in America is a serious problem.
The global crisis in education is a silent, invisible crisis, perhaps because those most immediately affected - the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children and their parents - have a weak voice. But it is at our peril that we ignore the overwhelming evidence that disadvantage in education costs lives, undermines economic growth, fuels youth unemployment, and reinforces national and global inequalities. The bottom line is that education holds the key to the development of more dynamic economies, greater social mobility, and poverty reduction. Education is the key that unlocks human potential and prepares future generations to participate in an increasingly knowledge-based global economy.
Former British prime minister Gordon Brown explains why he’s pushing for a global education fund.