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Time to get the dander up May 24, 2006

Posted by nukemhill in Family.
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This just pisses me off. How the hell can a school justify monitoring off-campus (and completely outside of school activities) goings-on by students?  Here's a snippet:

A survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that 57 percent of kids ages 12 to 17 have created content for the Internet. That translates into roughly 12 million youngsters. Do they all understand the tool they're using?

The school board of Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 in northern Illinois is worried that they don't.

"There are things that students and parents need to be aware of when they put information out in the public domain," said assistant superintendent Prentice Lea.

The school board voted Monday to redo its code of conduct to include online postings. Starting next year, any student who goes online to post threats, pictures of themselves drinking or smoking, or in sexually suggestive poses will face an investigation and possible disciplinary action.

When the hell are we going to let the parents be parents???  It will be my and Liora's job to make sure Alexander (and eventually Gabe and Max) keep in line with our rules.  Not their school's job.  Period.  End of story.  I'll bust any kid of mine down to Private and keep them under lock-and-key for a month, if I catch them doing something I don't want them doing.  But I'll be damned if some nanny-state school administrator is going to suspend my kids because they don't approve of something that's being done during off-hours.

Orwell's got nothing on 2006…. 

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