My friend Lelac Almagor is a teacher at a KIPP school in Washington, DC. If you haven’t heard of KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program), the short version is that it’s a free charter school system that targets kids in traditionally underserved neighborhoods, and sets very high expectations for them. The program is tough, but they’ve shown that it works – kids that go through the program score higher on tests and are more likely to go to college (see more of their results/studies)
Anyway! Ms. Almagor has won a number of awards, but her high-school kids have to do research on photocopies and write their papers/essays on notebook paper. This is both inefficient and doesn’t give the kids the computer skills they’ll need in college and beyond.