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Re: Schools Prohibit Personal E-mail Sites

Fred Atkinson (
Mon, 06 Jun 2005 01:01:58 GMT

On Sat, 04 Jun 2005 00:39:11 -0400, Barry Margolin
<> wrote:

> Who do they need to use school equipment to pursue these hobbies? You
> do school work on school equipment, you go home and work on your
> hobbies.

I think you meant 'why' rather than 'who'. Well, a number of kids do
research for their papers. Writing about radio and other things
aren't out of the realm of reason. I wrote several papers and did a
presentation or two about radio when I was in junior and senior high.
I learned a lot about electronics when I was in high school from
reading books in the school library. And I went on to get an
electronics degree, a commercial radiotelephone operator's license,
and a great deal more later.

I ask you what is the difference between reading about it on the
Internet and reading about it in a library? Would you advocate
removing books like that from the library simply because *you* think
that they don't 'need' to read them? And it's a damned sight better
thing for a kid to be doing with his or her time than getting involved
with the wrong crowd or worse.

This is not personal, but you need to severely rethink your position.

Sorry to come down on you this hard, but limiting student access to
information simply because we think they don't 'need' access to it is
a pretty short sighted opinion for an educator to take.



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