#democracy #education #sschat
My class and I called our representatives and asked that they oppose #SOPA and #PIPA. My students were thrilled to participate in democracy, and even more thrilled to take part in shaping their own futures.
0079: #SOPA to Close the Achievement Gap in Public Schools
#BlackoutSOPA #education #J18 #satire
Finally a piece of legislation that has our students in mind! I have no doubt that SOPA will level the playing field. You see the kids at my school don’t consistently have access to the internet at home, and at school it’s already heavily censored. The kids across town do. So SOPA will make everyone even. It will also make me a better teacher. In the past I’ve used YouTube and other Internet material to supplement my lessons, maybe create or show an experience my kids otherwise wouldn’t have access to. But, with YouTube not always being allowed in schools I sometimes pull it up on my phone. Teachers having cellphones out in class is strictly against policy so if there’s nothing there, I’ll have no reason I break the rules. You see the Internet is a dangerous and wasteful things. It spawns all these questions. I need to rely more on Prentice-Hall and McGraw-Hill anyway. They always tell just as much as we need to know. I mentioned earlier that the Internet was dangerous. It stimulates unnecessary curiosity, which distracts from the test. That shouldn’t happen. These tests have all the information we need.
Additionally, with the Internet so full of information I, as a teacher, have to spend valuable time talking about critical consumption of information. Why? We really only need to see one side to every story. I’m confused. The kids are confused. Streamlining the Internet would certainly take a lot of the guess work out. Fewer behavior problems with a more streamlined world.
I’m glad to see our loving government finally take an interest
in closing the achievement gap permanently. We’ll all be safer.
And, with less freedom of information, I’ll never have to bother teaching satire.