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Friday, August 29, 2014

School Blocks Conservative Websites

A high school student in Connecticut discovered that his school’s computers block conservative and Christian websites – but not liberal and Muslim ones. Andrew Lampart, a senior at Nonnewaug High School, was trying to research gun control for a class debate. He wanted to get the conservative side of the story from the National Rifle Association, but its website was blocked. He had no problem accessing the websites for anti-gun groups such as Moms Demand Action and Newtown Action Alliance. Andrew was curious whether he would run into the same slanted blocking for other issues. He discovered that he could access his state’s Democratic party website, but not the site for the state GOP. Pro-life websites were also blocked, but he could get Planned Parenthood. When he went looking for religious sites, Christianity.com and the Vatican’s website weren’t available, but there was no problem getting onto Islam-guide.com.

If the school were simply blocking anything controversial, that alone would be a problem. These are high school students who shouldn’t be sheltered from current issues. But that’s not what’s going on. The school is blocking one side so that it can control the conversation and prevent students from finding information that contradicts the liberal party line. Nonnewaug is a public school—a place where students should be able to learn both sides of a story without bias. Of course, that sounds like a pretty radical idea to today’s public school administrators.

Andrew took the issue to the school board. Board members agreed that this was troubling and said that they would look into it. I’m optimistic that common sense will prevail. If you have a high school student in your family, ask them to check out the school’s website and see if it gives both sides of a controversial issues.

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