Welcome To The Future Of Education! A business plan to recast pre-k-12 education in the U.S

Storyboard 31—Having a computer is not enough

Simply having a computer and Internet access is not enough to overcome educational divide. Although having a computer and Internet access at home can be a critical enabling step for young people today, "How a student deploys that technology will determine the level of advantage" (see "Comment 4" in exhibit "X").

In the event deployment is via the modalities of the GMnavy.go model, the earlier The Model's availability in a young person's life, the greater the potential advantage.

● Attracted to the GMnavy.go model for yet another round of high-metrics fun (noted in real time by The Model's algorithms, etc.), students will gain background experience vital to further learning, vital to interest in learning. Although a student's gains per visit might be incremental, mounting cumulative gains per-student and gains by tens of millions of students en masse will serve The Model's mission.

● Again, the sad reality is that simply having a computer is not enough: How it is used is paramount. An urgent focus by the Staff will be to ensure that the parents and guardians of the youngest kids understand the message of Storyboard 77, that at age three children are culled by a life-defining separator. Like a magician knowing which card you will choose, the "age-three separator" fatefully singles out which kids will forever be part of our nation's education divide. Once claimed by educational divide, likewise predictable is that as the luckless three-year-olds reach adulthood, they will be absorbed into the depths of social and economic divide. And thus it is that such early-on devastation to our human capital resource is yet another argument for immediate availability of The Model and its built-in anti-digital divide/anti-educational divide engine.

● Ignoring the pleas of GMnavy.go volunteers and the implications of The Model to our K-12 young people—and implications, too, to the youngest of kids—a certain Representative from Virginia and 17 co-sponsors proposed a bill to authorize $1.25 billion in grants "to help boost computer purchases, campus wiring and technology training at minority colleges and help close the 'digital divide.'" [Not to be distracted by political grandstanding (or perhaps simple ignorance), the Dept. of Commerce said no. After a year of high-dollar time and resources in moving their agenda forward, the politicians were formally slapped down, the Commerce Department explaining to them that the proposal was "redundant."]

Meanwhile, the age-three segregator devastation continued to . . . metastasize. Even if the politicians had been allowed to spend the $billion-plus on wiring, once again they would have not asked the life-defining question: How much stronger and competitive might newly arriving college freshmen be if they had had the GMnavy.go advantage as many as 17 or 18 years before college? Again, just having a computer is not enough. Prior to the availability of this website, such politicians were free to ignore the consequences to young people as noted in this Storyboard. That is, prior to this website, hence widespread access by the public, there was no risk to such politicians' careers if they ignored every word above, every concern—and every caution.