1. wmchamberlain

    I would rather assume the best in my students and be disappointed than fear the worst from them and treat them that badly.

  2. Carrie Baughcum

    Such a good point. Made me think of educators in general who in schools continue to talk to others in their building that continue to fuel the negativity or lack of wanting to change. If we continue to talk and collaborate with those that share our same views,especially negative ones we will never take risks or change.

  3. C R D

    The contradiction you describe doesn’t seem so unusual. Different schools, different kids. As an international educator, I’ve been to schools in the past that I, as an administrator, would have no problem with opening up the social media — and in fact have. However, I have also been at schools where social media can and is harmful to the social and emotional environment of the students. But, then again, all this is now a moot point as kids no longer need to be on the school’s net connection anyway. Now with smartphones and 3G they’re simply using their own networks to use social media and bypassing the school’s controls all together. Then the contradiction will be seen with which school’s confiscate phones during the school day and which schools don’t. The more things change, the more they stay the same!

  4. Joseph Gliddon

    I would suspect that the school that didnt have social networks open had considered “if we do this what is the very worst that can happen”, not only would that cause them to decide not to be open, it would then also colour their perception of it in the future as they would have already imagined the nightmare scenario.
    I think they should also consider What are the risks of doing nothing

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