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Community schools still need to be responsive to the community. Pick your battles. I would rather spend time justifying why we teach evolution than why it was important that we allowed a student watch a movie of male ejaculation on Wikipedia. The first is defensible, the latter, not so. > From: Larry Phillips <email@example.com> > >> From: Larry Sanger <firstname.lastname@example.org> >> >> Thanks, Art. I admire and appreciate a person who admits he's wrong. Of >> course you're right that Wikipedia should be flagged as having sexual >> images, because it has big steaming piles of them. > > I searched Wikipedia for "sex positions", "nudity", "pedophilia", "sexual > intercourse" and didn't find anything that would be considered porn in this day > and age. There were images that while instructional wouldn't be recommended > for use in public schools. More because of society's desire that students > learn by doing instead of direct instruction. I would strongly suggest that > followers of this debate actually look at the content that is being portrayed > as pornographic or objectionable (there were no images on the pedophilia page > and it was the most complete and balanced article available for free on the > web) before describing Wikipedia as a purveyor of porn. > > However, the point missed here is that to find any sexually explicit images > (line drawings or other) you have to search for them. While students > accidentally coming across nude images is forgiven, searching for them isn't. > Students know what is appropriate/allowed and what to do when they encounter > inappropriate images (inappropriate for school). This is classroom management > and has little to do with what is potentially available on a site. If > educators are concerned about what is available in Wikipedia, perhaps they > should look at the hard copy encyclopedias and dictionaries in their libraries > (check the published date while you're at it). --- Edtech Archives, posting guidelines and other information are at: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~edweb Please include your name, email address, and school or professional affiliation in each posting. To unsubscribe send the following command to: LISTSERV@H-NET.MSU.EDU SIGNOFF EDTECH