We are facing a digital learning gap in America – yet another divide between the haves and have nots. One that we must close as decisively and quickly as possible so the opportunity to learn in school and throughout life is open to everyone, not just a few.
Few Americans would disagree that education is an urgent national priority. Yet despite efforts over the last 20 years to improve the performance of our schools, teachers and students, the U.S. education system as a whole stands in the middle of international rankings. But let’s be clear: the problem with education in America is not lack of excellence; there are pockets of excellence that outshine the best of the best around the world. All across the country, students are designing, coding, composing, animating and publishing. They are experimenting and solving problems of water and energy, creating guides to local treasures and developing global competence through virtual exchanges that connect students across cultural and national borders.
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