Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices people make, but the thought process they go through to arrive at their decisions.
Submitted for Your Discussion & Consideration
Speaking with your sister one evening, she shares that she is frustrated with her son’s school. She feels that they are being unfair, at a minimum, and maybe even biased.
Your sister works hard. She makes a paycheck and covers the bills, but after groceries and all she can’t afford to get her son a fancy internet-enabled phone. She is annoyed with the school because several teachers have assigned students homework that requires use of “smart phone apps”.
Your sister is worried that without the expensive phone, her son will not be able to do all the homework. She doesn’t want his grade affected by their financial situation.
What do you think about your sister’s problem? Do you feel that the teachers should include this type of technology in class work? Or do you agree with your sister that it excludes people with less income?
If it were your child, do you think that you would feel offended by the teachers’ choices? Or would you feel that it was appropriate to use new technologies in the classroom, even if the school did not provide it?
Issue date: Sept 13–26, 2013