Why is it that teachers block certain websites and they know kids already know alternitve ways to get on them? I say leave us alone!I see it as teachers trying to control their students, trying to...

Why is it that teachers block certain websites and they know kids already know alternitve ways to get on them? I say leave us alone!

I see it as teachers trying to control their students, trying to be their parents. Kids should be able to go to school with out trying to be molded into what someone wants them to be.

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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You should be aware that often teachers are not the people who are blocking websites.  Quite often, teachers embrace technology and would be delighted to use some blocked websites as learning tools.  I am aware of teachers who use FaceBook, for example, for English class, to create pages on FaceBook for characters in books. There are other teachers, though, who would like to do this but cannot because FaceBook is blocked at their schools.

Whether or not an individual teacher would block a website if given control over this is difficult to say.  In most cases, it is the school that is blocking certain websites as a matter of school district policy.  School policy is created by school boards, which are elected by the people in a community or appointed by the leader of the town or city.  School boards are generally quite responsive to the requests and/or demands of parents, so often a school district's policy will exist because of those demands or requests. 

This might be a situation in which you can express your opinion of policy.  If a group of you were to write a letter to the school board expressing your dissatisfaction with the policy and provided good educational reasons why the policy should change, you would be participating in democracy, always a great idea!  Remember, a good letter or petition should not be a rant. It should present an educational reason for a change in policy. The fact that you can get around the restrictions is not a good reason for change.

Good luck! 

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vampiric | (Level 1) Honors

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Okay. Being as im a paided hacker for a living (legally because im a Security programmer for sony.) It is very easy to get past the blocks but that still dosent make it right. There are rules that are needed to be followed and most of the time the teachers arnt the one doing the blocking its the district network and mainframe on the tech spot

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