During an interview with The Washington Post, Vivek Kundra, the federal government’s chief information officer, was explaining how outdated the government is when it comes to technology. He said that people are assigned PDAs based on a how long they have worked for the government and the square footage of their office. He said that most school kids are carrying better technology in their backpacks than government officials have on their desks.
I live in a school district where kids do not get assigned homework that requires a computer at home because so few kids have home computers. At first I was shocked but then I told myself that my idea of school is messed up because I only have personal experience with rich districts.
I’m sure that most government officials are the same, but they cannot talk about most districts and kids like they are rich. It would not be politically correct.
And then it scares me that I just normalized the problems and the consequent behavior of one of the poorest school districts in the country. I start to doubt my judgment.