So now the Internet is a drug?
There is no useful or safe level of drug use, but there are plenty of
good reasons students will have to use Internet and social networking
in the real world and within their own lives.
To compare the two is simply disingenuous and clouds the debate.
On Sep 21, 2009, at 9:15 PM, Vincent Rossano wrote:
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>> Subject: Re: Social Networking
>> They'll be heading off to the real world soon enough
>> and need to practice these skills.
> I'm sorry, but the "real world" argument is way overrated as far as
> concerned. I think I've made the point "ad nauseum" on this list that
> schools were designed specifically to NOT be the real world.
> But, okay, if you insist on "real world" education, here's a modest
> proposal (speaking of nausea):
> Drugs are something people are exposed to out there in the real world.
> How will kids be able to make good choices if they haven't actually
> experienced the drug itself, the real thing. Why don't we bring drugs
> into the schools so we can help kids make intelligent decisions about
> them? I know what you're going to say: the drugs are there
> already. And
> that's the point. These kids are using drugs all the time - without
> sort of guidance committed educators can offer.
> Take Adderall, for instance. (I do.) Kids just love it. Studies
> shown it to be a wonderful aid for focusing the attention, which is
> definitely important in education. So why isn't Adderall in the
> officially so ALL the kids can benefit, not just the ones from "better
> families" who have the bucks to buy it. Let's end the "druggy
> Then we can help kids learn the proper use of these substances, like
> to regulate their usage throughout the day so they get the big jolt
> before the soccer game. It's really all about appropriate use.
> If we don't show these kids how to use drugs responsibly, who will?
> instance, I know there are kids who are wasting excessive amounts of
> marijuana because no one has taught them how to make a decent roach
> Here's a chance for shop class to become relevant, you know what I
> The problem is that the educators are not keeping up to date. How
> for instance, have done Extacy? (Well, okay, there are some "with-it"
> teachers, mostly younger ones, who are savvy about this stuff, but
> may not want to embarrass their older colleagues by admitting their
> - or height - of experience.) Oh sure, you get some of these old
> who go home and get polluted on a bottle of Southern Comfort or two.
> that's nothing; kids today are way beyond that by the time they're
> in 6th
> grade. What's needed is a good professional development program in
> Now that's where I come in. Give me a call and I'll meet you later
> tonight in the parking lot behind the Chinese restaurant. . .