School Censorship

School Censorship

You know how when you need to look up something for an assignment or project and the screen shows the dreaded “Page Blocked”.  Yeah, me too.  It gets

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You know how when you need to look up something for an assignment or project and the screen shows the dreaded “Page Blocked”.  Yeah, me too.  It gets a bit frustrating and irritating when I see that on my screen when I am doing research a certain subject for a class.  It is also irritating when you are trying to find the right image and you can’t find it, but you see something that probably should be blocked but isn’t.  It’s ironic for me to write this because last year for a debate assignment I agreed with the censorship of music.  But the difference between the debate and censorship in school is that my partner and I chose songs and music videos that clearly need to be censored due to their inappropriate content and graphic lyrics.  

A few of my friends have told me that whenever they need specific information for a project that can only be found online, the website is blocked and makes finding the answers more difficult.  In Spanish class, we had a project about an assigned country and we had to find a famous celebrity from that country with an example of their work.  I chose a musician and searched through YouTube to find audio of him singing one of his pieces, but ended up with a guitar cover of one of his songs.  Also, when you look for an image for a certain topic, you find something completely out of the ordinary and random.  Some images the censorship fails to pick up have inappropriate content.  It seems unfair when the images you need are blocked but the ones that should be censored are free to look at on Google Images.  I am not saying that everything should be uncensored, I just believe that the content that needs to be censored in a school environment should be censored.  But the websites and images that have informational content for a topic in a school assignment should be free for the students to be able to see.  

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