Students across Greater Danbury are more worldly, more widely traveled and more technologically comfortable than 15 or 20 years ago, local educators say. The same officials also suggest that many of these students are more academically competent than their peers from a generation ago.
Today's students are more diverse -- ethnically and culturally -- and bring more dramatic differences in their levels of experience and language to the classroom. These same differences also affect opportunities and engagement, officials say.
Consider: The recession has increased the divide among students who have cars and college ambitions and those who work to help support their families. Teachers are also seeing more hungry children with less security in their living conditions. These issues may contribute to a worrisome lack of motivation in some students, officials say.