Most students have enough willpower to turn off their electronic devices while they are in school, but others are not able to resist the temptation. For more than 15 years, teachers have had to confiscate cell phones, CD players and other portable gadgets, but social networking has made it into the classroom in other ways.
Even schools that have installed firewalls blocking students from accessing social networking websites sometimes find that their students have been able to find loopholes.
Some school districts in the US have gone so far as to ban their students from having profiles on social networking sites. Students can get around this by signing up with aliases, but the problem is getting worse. Teachers have managed to get themselves into hot water by linking their profiles to their students and sharing too much personal information with their schools.
Even though most social networking sites only allow users aged 13 and up to have their own profiles, children as young as 8 years old have found ways to get around the security measures.
There’s really nothing that can be done to keep students away from social networking, but there are ways to make it less of a burden. Several school districts have made their own profiles and invite students to join in. See also this post on why some schools seek international accreditation.
This allows administrators to keep tabs on their pupils while simultaneously giving them an outlet. Parents have also joined in on the fight, but as computers become more sophisticated, it seems that children are the first ones to gain the knowledge. See also this post on the benefits of an Ivy League School.
States Might Get Excused From Accountability Under ‘No Child Left Behind’ in 2009!
We go back a few years in time, but let's see how the situation was almost a decade ago.
In 2009, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was working on a plan that would allow some school districts to get around the No Child Left Behind Act. Because schools that perform up to federal standards risk losing out on funding.
One main requirement is that centers making all students proficient readers and writers. Students living in poor neighborhoods may not even attend school often enough to pass standardized tests, while children who come from more stable families might skew statistics, though there are more and more great scholarships for women and minorities available these days.
After it was found that four out of five school districts might fail under the No Child Left Behind Act, Duncan had to review the ruling. When the No Child Left Behind Act was passed in 2002, former President George W. Bush was certain that the law would be successful in 10 years.
Now that the target date was fast approaching, more schools were losing funding. Politicians had tried to address the shortcoming in the US public school system several times but lawmakers were unable to get any changes made.
Arne Duncan believed that a major overhaul had to be made to the No Child Left Behind Act in order to get children quality education. While Congress and President Obama worked on balancing the budget, thousands of students did not graduate or even were and are still illiterate.
Teachers in Wisconsin had lost their right to collectively bargain, and educators in New York were uncertain if they would have their jobs next school years. Duncan remained optimistic, though, that the nation would start to pay attention and that the necessary changes would be accomplished.