comes slowly to Macon Ridge, Louisiana, a rural area spread out
over 150 square miles in the northeast corner of the state. The
region is home to five of Louisiana’s poorest counties—or “parishes,” as
they’re known locally, a term that dates back to the days when
Louisiana was still a French Catholic colony. But the slow pace
of change in Macon Ridge is evident in more than just its nomenclature:
Cotton, corn, and lumber are still the dominant industries in the
This past summer, a group of science teachers from northern Illinois
spent six weeks poring over student work from Japan, Germany, the
Czech Republic, and six other countries. As part of an EDC online
workshop, the Illinois teachers logged on to a website to review
student work and accompanying commentary from teachers.
When Sara was in the first grade, her teacher discovered that she had weak writing skills. No matter what techniques they tried, the teacher saw no improvement. Throughout her elementary school years, Sara made little progress in writing and often felt embarrassed about her handwriting. On occasion classmates ridiculed her.
Community-based technology centers narrow the "digital divide" between the technology haves and have-nots by providing computer access and education to the unemployed and working poor, according to a National Science Foundation (NSF)funded report released this month.