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"It seems to me that much of what we call education is really socialization. Consider what we do to our kids. Is it really a good idea to send your 6-year-old into a room full of 6-year-olds, and then, the next year, to put your 7-year-old in with 7-year-olds, and so on? A simple recursive argument suggests this exposes them to a real danger of all growing up with the minds of 6-year-olds. And, so far as I can see, that's exactly what happens. Our present culture may be largely shaped by this strange idea of isolating children's thought from adult thought. Perhaps the way our culture educates its children better explains why most of us come out as dumb as they do, than it explains how some of us come out as smart as they do." - Marvin Minsky

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September 5, 2018:

Tired of school (No Comments)Posted in: Questions by justanotherone @ 9:27 PM

J wrote: Listen. I'm not going to say my name. Call me J. Point is, school is the bane of my existence. Something you've heard before, I'm sure. High school is hell. I feel my life value is determined by a letter and a number. My parents are literally screaming at me to get my […]

May 24, 2011:

Control Freak Society: Government Monitors School Lunches With Cameras (4 Comments)Posted in: News by Mcalle @ 2:07 AM

Billed as part of an effort to reduce obesity and improve eating habits, small cameras are programmed to take snapshots of lunch trays before and after each student eats. Each child is uniquely identifiable via a barcode attached to the tray. The amount of calories and nutrients that each child has consumed is then calculated […]

May 20, 2011:

California Bill To Give Parents Access To Kids' Facebook Pages (No Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 2:09 AM

California SB 242, proposed by Sen. Ellen Corbett, would force social networks like Facebook to allow parents access to their child’s account(s) and, more importantly, force all privacy settings to their maximum level by default. Parents can request that images or text be removed from any social network page “upon request … within 48 hours […]

May 12, 2011:

Invading the privacy of young people makes them less safe (3 Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 8:37 PM

Point/counterpoint: Alex Koroknay-Palicz on parental surveillance Privacy is not a luxury. Nor is it a threat to safety. Ten years ago America was attacked in a shockingly brutal and violent way. Thousands of innocent people died and millions more feared for their safety. Pledging to protect us from terrorists, the government passed the Patriot Act, […]

April 26, 2011:

Police officers detain teen without reason and conduct unreasonable search (No Comments)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 11:49 PM

Two Saskatoon police officers committed "serious" violations of a teenager's charter rights when they detained him without reason and then, because of "spidey sense," invaded his privacy with an unreasonable search, a judge said Tuesday.

The search revealed homemade brass knuckles but Judge...

December 29, 2010:

San Antonio school district uses GPS devices to track students (2 Comments)Posted in: News by Jmusial @ 8:03 PM

And believe it or not, some students support that. Here is the article: At some districts the truancy problem is so bad, GPS technology is being used to handle the more serious offenders. Some students are being asked to keep a hand-held tracking device with them at all times. It may sound a little far […]

December 28, 2010:

Student Suspended Over "One Word" (8 Comments)Posted in: News by blood demon @ 8:03 PM

A North Posey student scribbled the mother of all swear words on a survey at school. He says it's free speech. Now he's going to have a couple of days to sit at home and think about it. Administrators say Richard Karns was treated just like any other who violated the school's rules. But Karns […]

November 21, 2010:

Principal invades students' house to check up on them (4 Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 3:31 PM

When a mother in Orange County, NY, called her teenage sons’ school earlier this week to say that the boys were staying home sick, the skeptical principal decided to take a page from the Ed Rooney playbook. In a move that might remind some of the slimy villain from the '80s teen movie “Ferris Bueller’s […]

October 28, 2010:

California Teens Given Right to Consent to Their Own Mental Health Treatment (No Comments)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 4:52 PM

California recently made it much easier for teens to seek mental health treatment on their own. In a landmark bill proposed by State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on September 30, SB 543 gives adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 the ability to consent to […]

Pa. school settles laptop webcam spying suits for $610,000 (3 Comments)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 4:37 PM

PHILADELPHIA -- A Philadelphia-area school district has agreed to pay $610,000 to settle two lawsuits over secret photos taken on school-issued laptops. The Lower Merion School District admits it captured thousands of webcam photographs and screen shots from student laptops in a misguided effort to locate missing computers. Harriton High School student Blake Robbins, then […]

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