Lower Merion High School Featured in Nat Geo Documentary

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Students at Lower Merion High School participate in a Wii physical education class, an alternative to traditional physical education. The high school in Ardmore is featured in a National Geographic documentary that highlights the national digital divide. (Image via Hechinger Report)

Lower Merion High School is one of the two Philadelphia area schools featured in a new National Geographic documentary on the digital divide across the nation, writes Nick Vadala for Philly.com.

The documentary titled “Without a Net: The Digital Divide in America” highlights the struggles students face when trying to access the internet, by using stories from students across the country.


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In addition to the Ardmore school, Penn Wood High School from Lansdowne is also featured in the documentary. The director Rory Kennedy chose the two schools from neighboring areas to “show the stark contrast that can exist in opportunities even just miles apart.”

Despite not being far apart geographically, the two schools have vastly different access to technology and learning materials. While Lower Merion students have access to 3-D printers and a robotics team, Penn Wood often lacks basic learning tools and even textbooks.

The primary focus of the film is the Miller family, who filed a suit against the Pennsylvania Department of Education three years ago that focused on fair education funding.

The documentary is narrated by actor Jamie Foxx. It premiered on the National Geographic Channel on September 26.

Read more about the documentary at Philly.com by clicking here.

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