Moving from in class learning to online learning has been a rocky transition to say the least. This is to be expected from a system that is largely held in person. Now the question is “how are we going to fix it?”
The Governor’s office reported that 50 percent of low income families do not have a computer or tablet available for their children to have access to distance learning. Furthermore, about 20 percent of students don’t even have internet access at home according to Linda Darling-Hammond who is the president of the California State Board of Education.
The Digital Divide Fund aims to help these families get the resources they need to continue their education. The Digital Divide Fund hopes to raise $250,000 to provide “essential device, connectivity, and related digital learning supports for PK-12 students, teachers, and their families.” According to their gofundme page.
However schools have been shut down since March and many of these kids have already fallen behind. “Teachers and I guess, like, counselors should be required to talk to those individual students that might have problems,” said Sergio Weekley, a student in the Los Rios Community College District. “If they really do care about the education of those kids they’d probably try to do hands on talks with them.”
The next hurdle to overcome would be time. With summer right around the corner many of these kids may not receive a device or internet service in time, which would likely result in them repeating a grade. “Maybe highschools can find a solution to like, get their parents involved with teaching the kids too, maybe sending them paperwork or a weekly memo or something in the mail saying hey teach your kid about this,” said Sergio.
As of the time this was written, The Digital Divide Fund has raised $4,555 of their $250,000 goal. Hopefully this number will rapidly increase. If not, it may be time to look into other alternatives.