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[K12OSN] Re: Censorship lives!

>Message: 8
>Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2003 09:47:04 -0500 (EST)
>From: Bill A. Bong <julius turtle com>
>To: K12LTSP RedHat <k12osn redhat com>
>Subject: Re: [K12OSN] screensavers
>Reply-To: k12osn redhat com
>Oh my!, Censorship lives! Let's make sure that MIT removes all the
>references to cacti and fungi from the on-line dictionary - you never know
>what those pesky kids will do when they find out about the magic mush....,
>darn, my mail client won't allow me to continue the word.
>On Sun, 19 Jan 2003, anthony baldwin wrote:
>> I question whether a screensaver entitled "stonerview"
>> and a chemistry related one that features the molecular structure of
>> lysergic acid diethylanamide and tetrahydrocannabinol are exactly
>> appropriate for use in a k12 school.
>> If I put that on the desktop at my school I would be in big trouble.
>> Perhaps we should consider removing them from the next release.
Okay, Cosmic Charlie,
If you want to kill your brain cells in your spare time, that's your business.
As a student of library science and a future librarian, I'm all about freedom of expression and information.  I would not deny students information about sex, drugs, rock-n-roll, or anything else.  Knowledge is power.  But, as a teacher and a public servant, I cannot encourage children to partake of illegal activities, and I will not encourage them to engage in activites that are proven to be harmful and dangerous.  The presence of material that may be perceived as encouraging the use of illicit pharmaceutical products in our project could prove a very likely roadblock to my success in convincing a school board or administration to even consider using it.
I'll tell you now, if one student went home and told Mom 'n' Pop that Mr. B's classroom computer has a screensaver called "stoner's view" on it that gives the recipe for mescaline, the local Christian Coalition would be calling for my head, and I'd be in big trouble.  I can envision the healines now: "Local Teacher Promote Peyote with Open Source Software!"  This is decidely not the kind of image that OSS needs to generate.  
Freedom and stupidity are two very different things, too.
I don't believe that our project needs to be equated with stupidity.
Politically, removing the drug references can only be in the best interest of promoting OSS in schools, which, in the end, as I see it, can only be in the best interest of my school and my students.
This project, of all the projects in development for k12 schools, in my estimation, has had the most success and demonstrates the greatest potential to acheive deep penetration of OSS into schools.  I would like to see it continue to
explore that potential.
Judging from your punctuation,I'd say you should put down the bong and do your Language Arts homework.

Mr. Baldwin

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