- Marks' prescription is painfully simple:
- Get good grades (even if you're at the worst school in the city!).
- Get a cheap or free computer.
- Use Skype to work with other kids (also requiring a video camera).
- Go to a magnet or private school.
- Make friends with the guidance counselor.
- Go to college.
"But the biggest challenge we face isn’t inequality. It’s ignorance. So many kids...don’t even know these opportunities exist for them. Many come from single-parent families whose mom or dad (or in many cases their grandmom) is working two jobs to survive and are just (understandably) too plain tired to do anything else in the few short hours they’re home. Many have teachers who are overburdened and too stressed to find the time to help every kid that needs it. Many of these kids don’t have the brains to figure this out themselves – like my kids. Except that my kids are just lucky enough to have parents and a well-funded school system around to push them in the right direction. Technology can help these kids. But only if the kids want to be helped. Yes, there is much inequality. But the opportunity is still there in this country for those that are smart enough to go for it."So if the child does not succeed, it's only because he or she does not want to be helped.
Then we have our friend Newt, who says that poor kids "have no habits of working and nobody around them who works.” Here's a cogent response to Newtie from a "poor black kid" who must have been pulled out of poverty by technology!
Best tweet on the topic: "I would ask him to share the link to mitigate poverty,oppression, & systemic racism. Is there an app 4 that?"