“In the US for example, the best deal for a 150Mbps home broadband connection from cable and phone companies is $130/month, offered by Verizon FiOS in limited parts of New York City. By contrast, the international cities we surveyed offer comparable speeds for $77 or less per month, with most coming in at about $50/month. When it comes to mobile broadband, the cheapest price for around 2GB of data in the US ($30/month from T-Mobile) is twice as much as what users in London pay ($15/month from T-Mobile). It costs more to purchase 2GB of data in a US city than it does in any of the cities surveyed in Europe.”
“It’s an arms race in achievement — and the cost isn’t just a financial one. Studies have documented how it used to be the struggling student who was more likely to cheat, but today college bound students are just as likely to do so when it comes to high-stakes tests and exams. Other research shows that wealthy teens suffer higher rates of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse then teens in other socioeconomic groups. The pressure to succeed along narrow paths is exacting a staggering cost on the values and well being of our children.”
There’s a lot in here about self-directed discovery and learning. I know I could be using the internet a lot more than I am now, but I’m at least aware of it.
The college pressure is insane these days though.
Also, if this is what youth are doing online, what are youth librarians doing to support this outreach?