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Submission + - Banning internet programming in schools 2

An anonymous reader writes: Clark County School District in southern Nevada is proud to be the fifth largest school district in the U.S. In the past 5 years they have spent dozens of millions of dollars to build out a state of the art fiber network to deliver cutting edge media delivery to most schools in the district. They are trying to move every school onto their district-wide VoIP telephone system. They are aggressively pursuing grants and other sources of funding to keep their extensive computer labs stocked with modern hardware. In the district's Technology Plan, the introductory Vision Statement states, " Through the effective integration of technology, our schools will provide learning experiences which are active, personalized, involve teamwork, and focus on solving real-world problems." In enumerating the district's goals, the Technology Plan further states, "Goal 1: All students and teachers will have access to information technology in their classrooms, schools, and communities."

Over the last two years the principal at the local high school banned all computer programming classes. The school's technical computer efforts have been decimated. Now that the principal has been promoted to another school, some in the community are trying to rebuild. However, word comes that the school district has banned all "web programming" education. Any programming classes related to the internet are forbidden. This doesn't seem to line up with Goal 3: "All students will have technology and information literacy skills as aligned with national/state standards and district goals."

The Clark County High School Curriculum Guide certainly neglects technology and information literacy completely. What national standards are there for "technology and information literacy skills"? What standards should there be?

Submission + - German politicians want to stop Nazis on Youtube ( 1

tmk writes: German politicians want to stop YouTube from publishing Nazi videos. Dieter Wiefelspütz of the social Democativc Party has requested an investigation against the Internet platform YouTube for circulation of right-wing extremist videos. "The publication of these films fulfils the condition for aiding and abetting demagoguery". Neonazi films may not be given a forum on the Internet. "It must be stopped. It is scandalous that something like this is possible in Germany", said Wiefelspütz. Conservative politicians support him: "If YouTube does not comply, eventually we'll have to block YouTube in Germany.", says Günter Krings of the Christian Democratic Union.

Since 2002 providers in Nordrhine-Westfalia are forced by the District Authorities to block access to two Nazi sites, which are hosted in United states. According to the TV magazine Report Mainz Google has not responded to German inquiries to delete 100 Nazi videos.

Submission + - Slashdot Announces Early End To April Fools

forkazoo writes: "A number of you have posted expressing concern about Slashdot's enthusiasm for April Fools jokes. Since Slashdot has always striven to be perceived as a legitimate news source, we have had an internal discussion, and decided to immediately end all our articles which are not fully verified for today. This site was never about just personal amusement. The point has always been to provide absolutely articulate, well edited articles to inform the IT community about new events which could effect their jobs. Because the April Fools jokes make this site look like some sort of personal blog for CmdrTaco, I am happy to announce that we declare that we will never violate the trust that you have in us ever again. For the rest of the day, you will be able to enjoy the carfully edited, duplicate-pruned, always relevant articles which you have come to know and explectr."

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