on freedom to surf …

Some really thoughtful stuff from Doug Johnson (who is almost always really thoughtful) at the Blue Skunk Blog …

Let kids use the Internet for non-school purposes

People who do surf the Internet for fun at work – within a reasonable limit of less than 20% of their total time in the office – are more productive by about 9% than those who don’t… Freedom to Surf (thanks to Committed Sardine for link)

Kids should be allowed to use the Internet at school for non-school purposes. Period.

Pursuing personal interests and recreational pursuits (so long as not illegal), should actually be encouraged, especially in our school libraries. Why?

1. Personal use gives teeth to the threat of suspending Internet use for disciplinary reasons. If Johnny likes accessing the world soccer scores each morning in the library, he may think twice about doing something that will suspend his Internet “privileges*.”  If students are only allowed “academic” use of the Internet, how many will actually find such a consequence punitive?

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