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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Technology Is Not Condoms vs. Abstinence vs. Abortion Issue

We are currently treating the use of technology as if we should use condoms (filters) or not use it at all (budgeting) or if "bad things" happen we deny any option for growth or teaching appropriate behavior (abortion).  The issue of technology connection is not the same argument as condoms, abstinence, or abortion. 

Apparently, we have decision-makers in education who view the use of the Web as if it was a sexual issue.  As a matter of fact, that is the #1 argument against the use of the Web isn't it...sexual predators on the Web?

Well, they are wrong.

Our kids NEED to connect to others through the technology we have available to us!

Obviously, I'm not advocating connection in a sexual manner, but in an academic, learning, and educational manner.

So we continue our fight.

We are but planters of seeds, and the next generation will harvest the work we started.

Andy Carvin tweeted the video link, shown below.

Steve Dembo, beat me to some of my thoughts.  Thanks Steve ;^)

The items we fight for today - de-filtering, open source, cell phones, 1:1 initiatives, anything that connects our classrooms with the real world - will be laughable in 20 years.  But we still must fight.

Scott Floyd was biting his tongue today in yet another meeting where a network guy believed that the bandwidth was more important than the teacher's ability to stream video.

Our students today, already laugh at "the old guard," who truly believe they are protecting the students from the dangers of the Internet. The real danger is that we are leaving our children behind in the skills they not only need in their future, but skills they need today.

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At 12:58 PM, Anonymous ethang said...

great point, so what's the new catch phrase?

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Ric Murry said...

"Just Say No - To 21st Century Book Burning."

From Nancy Reagan Campaign - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_Say_No

"It's the Information, Studid."

From Bill Clinton 1992 Campaign -

"I Will Not Have Sex With That Person...on the phone."

From Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky affair -


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