[Susan notes: President Obama's remark, 'We expect free wifi with our coffee, why shouldn't we have it in our schools?' seems especially egregious in a time of sequestration and a rising number of children living in poverty, not to mention the government getting ready to reduce food stamps.]
To the editor
Re: Obama wants faster Internet in US schools. Would you pay $5 a year for it? (June 6). Twenty-three percent of American children now live in poverty, the second highest among 34 economically advanced countries. In comparison, Finland has less than 5.3% child poverty. Poverty means poor nutrition, hunger, and inadequate health care; all of these have a profound negative impact on school achievement.
Stephen Krashen, professor emeritus, USC
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