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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Government Schools and the Internet

This Cyber Cafe in Scottsburg, Indiana has some user-friendly rules for its visitors:

  • Appropriate behavior is expected at all times.

  • No foul language or gestures allowed.

  • Enter and leave the Cyber Cafe quietly.

  • Please write legibly when signing in.

  • Only use the computer assigned to you.

  • Lay backpacks along wall so couch is available for sitting.

  • Printing allowed for school use only.

  • Technology form must be signed by parent/guardian.

  • No downloading, chat rooms, email, or blogs allowed.

  • No food or drink allowed.

    Additional Rules For Late Bus Riders

  • Arrive by 3:15 and do not leave until 4:15.

  • Sign in and stay seated until everyone is assigned a computer.

  • Only sign yourself in and out.

  • Only one person is allowed in the restroom at a time. Please ask before leaving the room.

  • Do not log off until 4:15. Stay seated until that time.

  • Do not line up before 4:15. We will dismiss you at that time

  • With rules like this, I imagine that the kids are lining up for the Cyber Cafe, especially the late bus riders. Are late bus riders more prone to trouble-making?

    I like the no "downloading, email, chatroom, or blogs" allowed rule. What the hell else is there to do on the internet? Isn't every page viewed "downloaded" from some other computer?

    One wonders how the anarchy of the internet can be contained by the statism that is endemic to the government school system. My guess is that it can't.

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    Oh dear lord. Look at their "Hey want to cyber ;)" gif. Terrifying.
    When I was a kid, we had all kinds of ways to get around the internet filters. For example, a student could use the authorized IE browser to download one like Netscape or Firefox that can get around the filters.

    These sorts of restrictions can be good at teaching children at an early age how to circumvent the government control.
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