Literacy and Technology Linked, http://www.scribd.com/doc/25228086/Selfe-Literacy-1999 by C.L Selfe is a thought-provoking analysis on the technological literacy project involved in the United States. As mentioned in the article, the Clinton Administration began a challenge to increase the literacy of technology through a combined effort with communities, the private sector, the federal government, parents, educators, various organizations, and other resources. I agree the inception of this cause has been for the greater benefit of society and pursuit of social and economically progress for the future workforce.
However, Selfe mentions a few obstacles that cannot be ignored. For one, the cost of such a project has been overwhelming, as should be expected with a technology based movement. Computers are expensive and since school districts are largely run by
community taxes, lower developed neighborhoods do not have equal access to computers or other forms of high-cost technology. Therefore, this creates an imbalance of who receives a first world education with updated technology, and those who remain educated by previous forms of teaching.
Although I do advocate teaching through books and lectures, technology is an imperative medium for business, science, medicine, infrastructure, education, and thus failing to instill the proper tools for students to be successful in these fields is definitely a
detriment to our society. How do we create an environment that levels the playing field for everyone? Is that even feasible? I agree with Selfe that educating students on technology and computer literacy is a joint effort of parents, educators, the private sector,
government, and non-profit organizations. Nonetheless, the cost of this movement and effort remains a hurdle.
According to the statistics provided in this article, minority students remain less educated in technology and the less income a family has, the less a parent can provide the necessary technology for a student to learn at home. How can we provide a solution to this gap in resources? To begin with, non-profit organizations and donating laptops and computers would be a start. As the federal government continues to stretch its resources, there needs to more collaboration within the local communities, businesses, and educators. This can be extremely difficult for lower income neighborhoods , but it is definitely achievable.