Since the beginning of fall, many students across the nation have been struggling to access their classes online. This issue has caused countless students to miss class, and most importantly, their education. In Prince George’s county, many teachers rallied at Benjamin’s Task Middle School to protest for “better internet quality for students and teachers”. Although many look at apps like “Zoom” and “Google Meet” as the cause of this nationwide digital divide, they are not. What is really causing this divide is the technological gap between the fortunate, and less fortunate? While there are students who are unable to access better internet, there are some who are fortunate and well—privileged. Most students who are less fortunate are unable to receive the help they need during these hard times. The minority students who are, are able to be supported emotionally and mentally.
Lately, many counties across the state have not been addressing this issue with efficient solutions. As days go by, more and more students are becoming discouraged and it is leading to a mental health crisis. Statewide, students are missing out on crucial instruction and academics which can lead to a decrease in college applications and an increase in drug and alcohol abuse. According to “EPI”, online education is only effective when students are consistently able to access their classes for 6 hours each day. Although Prince George’s County has tried to bridge the gap between the fortunate and less fortunate by distributing Chromebooks, it’s still not enough. In order to bring about a stable online education system, officials will have to work efficiently and effectively to ensure the education of this country’s students.