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Neil A. Rochelle

Well there's a slippery slope Jonathan and just the ride I like to take sometimes. So, internet in correctional facilities. My first instinct is that this would make sense. As we try to rehabilitate our youth, protecting them from unsavory web sites and getting into trouble 'networking', I can see the point. The educator in me says, "Hey, kids need to learn". Is is possible to provide filtering to prevent access to know trouble sites while still allowing an opportunity to learn from the web? I would think so. Never mind trying to convince people that computer and internet access is necessary vs. a privilege. Convincing tax payers and politicians that those that should be "punished: havin such a 'luxury' is yet another. In NY we are expected to educate our students in correctional facilities. I can't imagine that there is not internet availability to provide an equitable education.

Jon Becker

I don't know if it's as much a slippery slope as it is the same fears that drive ed. tech. policy in general ed. In general, ed. policymakers fear what kids will do and where they'll go on the Internet. Even with filters, firewalls, etc. their argument goes, kids are smarter than us and will find ways around those security measures. In a juvenile correctional facility, those fears are probably heightened. I'm no techie by any means, but couldn't they set up Web-connected computers that, at least, allowed the students to peruse Wikipedia; everything else would be blocked? Just access to Wikipedia would yield incredible learning benefits.

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