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Farm Progress America, June 21, 2023

Max Armstrong talks about how the digital divide impacts rural students in their education.

June 21, 2023

Max Armstrong examines the digital divide in America. It is no secret that rural students are impacted by the divide the most.

In fact, the National Center for Education statistics show that as of three years, rural students had the last amount of internet available to them. The stats show 76 percent of the rural students had fixed Broadband internet.

In towns, 79 percent of the students had broadband available. In cities, 80 percent had it available. And in suburban areas, 87 percent had broadband internet available.

High speed internet is essential for students to learn technology. This is the biggest problem-- students don't have the education available to other schools.

Chris Sanders, head of the Rural Technology Fund, says many rural schools don't even have computer classes. And if they do offer them, they are typing or Microsoft Office classes which students can gain those skills in other places, which is not equal to the technology being taught in suburban or urban schools.

Another problem when it comes to technology is that the pay for teachers in the rural areas is not the same as urban areas which is a problem because that means teachers can't bring the latest technology to students.

Max Armstrong's Farm Progress America is a daily look at key issues in agriculture. It is produced and presented by Max Armstrong, veteran farm broadcaster and host of This Week in Agribusiness.

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