In “The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected”, Nellie Bowles argues that the technological divide has drifted from the upper class being the only ones with technology to the upper class being the group that can now only afford in-person interaction.
Bowles cites multiple cases where schools are transitioning to entirely online teaching, or in the case of a silicon valley public school, suppling an iPad to each student. Whereas more competitive schools, like the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, are pushing back on bringing newer technology into the classroom. She continues to bring forth the argument that the reason technology is so prevalent in classrooms is because the big tech companies essentially lied to the schools about the effectiveness and the benefit of using their technology in the classrooms. The result of this lying seems to have caught up in some families though, where the parents have decided to completely eliminate the technology because their children can’t even communicate at the dinner table.
I thought this article was really interesting, especially because I had no idea there has been a switch in what is regarded as the new upper class. When I was in middle school, my class got Chromebooks and then in high school, we used iPads, which I thought was really cool, but I can see how it could have been an impairment as well since I could just look answers up if I needed to, rather than thinking critically. Additionally, I thought it was interesting that the Waldorf School never used technology like its public school counterpart, especially because a lot of silicon valley executives send their children here and sit on the board; its almost as if they knew the real effect that the newer technology would have on children.