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Schools in Retreat

Posted by jturner56 on August 4, 2008

Schools that Block and Filter as a first (and sometimes only) response to Internet threats risk slowing the system down to the point of access denial. They also deny opportunities to incorporate new learning as provided through Web 2 tools such as YouTube. If moral fear is the driving force then schools need to block and block and block until all credibility is lost. If schools are serious Wikipedia should be blocked as it has on occasion contained disturbing content such as massacres and uprisings that are reported on the web before reaching mainstream media filtering.

If education really wants to add value to Web 2 use in society the workplace and the home, then balanced, inclusive, stateable positions need to be forthcoming that develop understanding and responsibility in students rather than the purely ‘technical’ and ‘moral fear’ solutions that are being put forward.

I am sure five hundred years ago the Monks had a similar reaction to the printing press and its power to bring unfettered information (and opportunities for knowledge) to the masses.


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