James Paul Gee
Published Online: Education Week, September 16, 2008 Published in Print: September 17, 2008
Publication year: 2008

More than 15 million children in preschool and the primary grades have just entered or returned to school, eager to learn. Unless we change our nation literacy priorities to address both the early reading gap and a newly emerging digital-participation gap, five years from now more than a third of these children will fail to attain the literacy and necessary 21st-century skills to engage with school. They thus will risk spiraling on a tragic trajectory toward academic failure and economic insecurity.