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Making the Case for Technology Within the Community




Dec 21, 2000


Marsha Reeves Jews

This has been very interesting reading and the work and time devoted has been incredible -- you must be commended.

Several observations -- most low income individuals live in environments that require laser focused attention on basic human needs -- just how to keep the lights on, the heat running, the water running, minimum food on the table and one step ahead of an eviction notice. It is hard to focus on abstract thinking (computer in the house) when there isn't even a telephone connected. Many two parent households with both parents employed are still without healthcare and have just basic human services where they are holding on by a thread....

To see the light at the end of the tunnel requires a communication system that shows the net benefit to them directly ... the introduction to this type of "way out thinking -- computers" will be difficult -- as most people have very low reading levels, low self esteem and don't see themselves in this environment.

Faith based organizations can be a leader in this "pied piper" effort. The tools and infrastructure to help with reading levels and direct content to specific jobs/entreprenueur opportunities would be helpful. To rethink our educational system and think of educating individuals by their capacity with updated information and, a serious vocational foundation.

I certainly agree this is total commitment -- but, we must seek alternatives to resolve this issue ... we cannot get there from here with the old educational tools, thought process and directives. We must engage in out of the box thinking to meet the communities at their point of entry ... not the establishments....

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