The good news about EducationSuperHighway — a nonprofit organization launched by groups including Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Startup: Education organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — is that its goal is to ensure that every student in the U.S. from kindergarten through grade 12 has high-speed Internet access. The bad news is that all of the horrible puns about the information superhighway (remember, “I feel like roadkill on the information superhighway?”) will likely resurface.
Startup: Education, the Gates Foundation, and several other foundations and education entities announced a multiyear investment in EducationSuperHighway, which found, through its National SchoolSpeedTest initiative, that 72 percent of public schools in the U.S. had insufficient bandwidth.
Zuckerberg said in a release announcing the commitment to EducationSuperHighway:
When schools and teachers have access to reliable Internet connections, students can discover new skills and ideas beyond the classroom. The future of our economy and society depend largely on the next generation using and building new online tools and services, and I’m glad to support EducationSuperHighway’s work.
EducationSuperHighway CEO Evan Marwell added:
Game-changing technologies are transforming teaching and learning, but over 40 million students are being left behind without the Internet access and Wi-Fi they need to take full advantage of digital learning. If we want our children to be competitive in the global knowledge economy, we must upgrade the Internet infrastructure in America’s public schools.
And EducationSuperHighway Board Chairman Jonathan Kaplan said:
We’re thrilled that the business and education communities share our vision for a high-speed future for our K-12 students. These strategic investments will accelerate our ability to raise awareness, reform policy, and assist school districts with upgrades.
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