I saw an interesting video clip today that exemplifies what I think could happen to our society. The inability to think for yourself, to make a decision or to analyze the situation and solve the problem may be the result of too much protection.
As school technology departments plunge ever onward to blocking all "harmful" materials and sites and as we are forced to teach-to-the-test and assess through multiple choice questions, are we encouraging a lack of self-confidence?
This video made me laugh, but it also gave me pause. How many times does a student click on a website that he/she thinks answers a question only to see the firewall's big red X appear? What happens if accidentally a 'nasty' site sneaks through? Do your students know what to do? Are we teaching them to solve a problem or that they are not to be trusted. Are we nuturing dependent citizens or ones able to protect themselves and make informed decisions?
View it and see what it says to you.
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