A new study says there’s an even bigger problem with our education system today than a shortage of teachers.
The report, called “Children in a Digital World,” shows how kids today are in danger of missing out on crucial learning opportunities as they learn through a computer, tablet, smartphone, or tablet computer.
The study comes as a new report from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics predicts that in 2025, one-third of American students will be online and less than one-quarter will have access to an online learning experience.
The new report comes as the federal government moves forward with a bill to create a new federal school technology grant program to help states fund and develop online education.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is expected to announce an initial $2 billion grant this week to help localities with a pilot program to provide online learning to children under age 18.
The program will offer $200 million in funding for states to establish their own “smart” education systems.
The first pilot program in Texas will begin in 2021.
“We’re starting with small states, which means we’re beginning with the lowest-income families, and it’s a very rural, small community that we’re really targeting,” says Julie A. Kopp, an associate professor at the University of Florida’s School of Public Affairs.
She says the study, which is based on data from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), shows that even though there are more than 10 million students in the U