March 29, 2005

Schools Ban Blogs

Weblogg-ed – The Read/Write Web in the Classroom :: “School Bans Blogs”

Once again, paranoia reigns. As I think about school’s efforts to “protect” students, I am puzzled by how many choose to simply ban or restrict rather than educate on appropriate use. My litmus test continues to be, does the value outweigh the negative? For me, blogging has such powerful potential that it requires teachers to teach ethics and protocol. If we don’t do this, they’ll still blog only they’ll do it at home with little or no supervision or training in handling the technology.