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ERIC Number: EJ1167506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2476-0730
A Struggling School Receives an "F" That: Connecting Moral Luck and Educational Technology Will Build Hope
Thomas, Joy; Brevetti, Melissa
International Journal of Educational Technology, v4 n3 p17-19 2017
With the recent publication of "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis," Robert Putnam, renowned social scientist, exposed the new class divide as an urgent issue, based upon new quantitative and qualitative data (2015). Research shows that students from struggling backgrounds have little likelihood of graduating from colleges and universities--in fact, the brightest students from families without resources are less likely to graduate than less bright students of privileged backgrounds. In this article, we suggest how technology can be the greatest bridge, as a positive resource, in class divisions. Like Putnam's argument that people do not see the many obstacles in existence when students face a lack of opportunities and resources, everywhere, our moral luck and educational technology premise are students learn their "place" when educational tools, social media, and netiquette are not available for them in many ways. We suggest the ideology of connections, inclusion, and experiences through technology as ways to counter this alarming divide that exists for many disadvantaged students and the subsequent reflections in their struggling schools.
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Language: English
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