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[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.]

Submitted to Christian Science Monitor but not published
06/06/2013

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.



Instead of 99 percent of American students connected to the internet with the latest, but soon-to-be-obsolete technology, how about making sure that 100 percent of American children are protected from the impact of poverty?



Next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless are of little help when children are hungry or ill.

Stephen Krashen, professor emeritus, USC


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