Not All Access is Created Equal

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Not All Access is Created Equal

Access n. 1) the ability, right or permission to approach, enter, speak with or use; admittance; 2) the state or quality of being approachable; 3) a ways or means of approach; ~ v. 9) to make contact with or gain access to; to be able to reach, approach, enter; 10) Computers. to locate (data) for transfer from one part of a computer system to another, generally between an external storage device and main storage

Random House Dictionary of the English Language, 2nd Edition Unabridged Language is a continuum. New words enter any given language upon contact with other cultures. Language is not static. It expands and contracts to allow or disallow change. The above excerpted definitions are
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This brings us to what “access” means in our technological age.

First of all, it is necessary to recognize the obvious. Not all computers are created equal. Nor are all owners of computers capable or even desirous of owning computers that are equal. Yet even if such were the case, the next obvious fact is that access to computers is not available to everyone. Personally, I am handicapped economically so that I own a computer that is less than hi-tech, but it functions for the most part at the required level of performance for my needs. Although it would be nice, I do not expect the government to provide me with access to a better computer or a computer at all for either me or the have nots. On the other hand, public schools that are funded through taxpayer dollars (a.k.a. the government) should expect a different level of access if this is something that the government has determined it will provide. This is where I have a huge quibble with the Bill Clinton’s of our era who make promises that they cannot carry out, and the lack of foresight by national teaching organizations to set standards of computer literacy that are unattainable or feasible considering the disparity in access. This also raises another question that needs answering: should computer literacy be ranked among the necessary skills and requirements in our educational objectives? What,
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