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About six months ago I asked my school district to "unblock filtered material or disable the Internet software filter without significant delay for all adult users" after doing some very light research and after feeling that censoring YouTube at our high school does not make sense. According to Wikipedia, the library "may disable the technology protection measure concerned, during use by an adult, to enable access for bona fide research or other lawful purpose." Does this apply to schools? The response from the director of technology was that he can't stop blocking because our filter cannot differentiate between a student's computer and an adult's computer. Although he has unblocked a website (Photobucket) for me without significant delay, the district's decision to continue blocking YouTube makes showing clips to students cumbersome. And at the high school level, it all boils down to fear and mistrust. I speculate our Director was snoozing in Civics class because he clearly has not heard that "If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other, it is the principle of free thought — not free thought only for those who agree with us, but freedom for the thought we hate." Although YouTube may not always offer agreeable content, let's not condemn all that it has to offer because of a minority of its content. With Constitution Day right around the corner, here's an idea of how we can celebrate the day in our schools: Let's stop needless censorship of the internet! And since every school is required to observe Constitution Day under the Patriot Act, we could actually DEMONSTRATE democratic ideals by ending this pointless censorship rather than just talking about the importance of the Constitution. -Good night, and good luck!
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