By Wilson Rivera
Student Internet access at home is a problem, especially in Rochester. About 45% of families in Rochester do not have access to internet. Although that is a big deal a bigger problem is that the 65% of families that do have access to the internet do not have a fast and/or stable connection to the internet. It’s a problem because without students having a fast and a stable connection to the internet they are unable to do their school work effectively. After most to all education systems moving to the digital age and teachers putting their classwork online instead of having it all in paper form and textbooks, it is important for the students to have a strong stable and fast connection to the internet in order to access their work and complete it.
This problem affects roughly about 65% of families in Rochester, but the main victims are students because without kids having the internet, which is a powerful resource in order to do their work, their work will be hindered. The school internet is like trying power a car with a AAA battery and a copper wire - it’s bad - especially with the school blocking 95% of the sites and having 100s of devices connected to it.
It is an important issue to solve because if students had a faster and stable internet connection at home they can work on their school work without their devices freezing up and holding them back. The quality of work would go up too and could possibly correlate to schools having better scores and can even possibly lead to a higher graduation rate.