Adult training to hike computer competence


Reed Adams

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

This is a response to the Jan. 17 column of Ms. Holly Audette, “Increasing broadband access no guarantee it’ll be used.”

As is characteristic of the analyses and conclusions of Ms. Audette, it was supported by accurate empirical facts and logically presented. Conclusions drawn from her arguments were socially and politically pertinent to our region and also germane to contemporary national policy.

She argued the use of the internet via broadband networks leads to advances in multiple areas, politically and individually, yet many individuals lack the skills needed for proficient application. Even when resources are provided many individuals are not motivated to maximally utilize the internet.

Our local schools (Pasquotank and Camden County public schools) provide both instruction and access to equipment. Yet, many adults did not receive such proficient services when in school. As the column proposes, our multiple interests are enhanced by efforts to encourage adults toward computer/internet proficiency. The major and many interactive positive impacts of such advancement are clear from the her recognition of the federal efforts to such ends.

My personal interaction with our senior centers is consistent with the column’s argument that it is not an easy task to advance computer/internet competence among those not yet trained as our fine school systems are training students today. Thus, as implied by the column, the local political leaders should form a committee to plan expanded training for all in our area. Members of such a committee should begin by reading Ms. Audette’s 

Reed Adams

Elizabeth City