I know it seems as if I'm the one constantly talking about how these textbooks assume everyone has access to resources. But I came from a school where learning Oregon Trail on an outdated computer (given I am older than most of the class, but not by much) is the pinnacle of computer training. Well, that's not quite fair, my sophomore year seen a newer computer lab (newer to us, still not cutting edge). As a senior, I learned Paint, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel (the earlier versions than other schools had). My girlfriend now works for that school, and there is still not much progress when it comes to technology. Let's face it, technology and resources go hand in hand.
I have recently read a New York Times article that brings this dilemma into light. The standardized tests play a part in the haves and the have-nots. This article shows that there are problems that NEED to be addressed and adapted because the high-income families are being granted better access and therefore better education and success than low-income families.
This country promised all of us and our future generations that you are not doomed to father's fate, that with elbow-grease and education you can rise to become whatever you set your heart on. But if our current educational system keeps failing to give ALL students chances... the ceiling may just be scraping the scalps of many students' cowered heads.