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6. E-Mail for Students

The current trend to withhold e-mail accounts from students in schools will provoke intense public debate and law suits over equality of educational opportunity.

As e-mail becomes a basic tool of citizenship and communication and as the digital divide widens, the schools that block student access are failing to meet their charge to prepare students for citizenship and wasting valuable network resources.

Affluent students gain the power to communicate while less advantaged students are left out of the game.


Learning More

Do a search at Electric Library and read at least 2 articles that cast light on this trend or issue.

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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the issues pages are those of the author, Jamie McKenzie. They are meant to stimulate thought and inquiry about issues and trends, but they do contain some speculation and projection about the future. The author cannot be held responsible if some predictions and trends do not materialize or continue, especially if readers attempt to reverse some of the more disturbing trends. Listing of articles to read should not be interpreted as endorsement of the contents, products or ideas by the author.

Credits: The photographs were shot by Jamie McKenzie.
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