Bridging the Digital Divide

“Teachers are scared to death sometimes that the kids know more than they do about technology,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, on the need to prioritize professional development in New York City public schools—one of several measures she called for Tuesday morning at City & State’s On Tech event, which was dedicated to the tech outlook in New York State.

Interviewed by NY1’s Courtney Gross, Brewer suggested that New York should follow Chicago’s lead in adding computer science to its core curriculum, and highlighted the urgency of enhancing the “pipe”—fiber and broadband—coming into public schools, as well as the computer hardware available to the city’s students.