As most kids are screaming “School’s out for summer,” 18-year-old high-school student Andrew Lampart is still trying to figure out why his school’s Internet service blocked him from gathering conservative facts for his side of the argument on his school debate team.
Andrew told Fox News, “I knew it was important to get facts for both sides of the case.” But when he tried to do an Internet search of conservative views, he was prevented at every turn.
After being blocked from websites supporting Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms as stated in the Second Amendment, Andrew soon learned his school’s computers prohibited him from viewing any website or information that wasn’t liberal in nature.
National Rifle Association website — blocked. The Republican Party website — blocked. National Right to Life website — blocked. Pro-traditional marriage websites — blocked. Vatican website — blocked.
But here’s what wasn’t blocked in his continued Internet search: pro-gun-control websites, the Democratic Party website, the Planned Parenthood website, an LGBT website, and an Islamic website.
Andrew took his grievance up the chain of command at his Connecticut high school — first to the principal, and then to the superintendent, and then to the school board.
Nearly two months after the incident, Andrew’s only official response has come through the superintendent, who wrote a letter about the issue to parents and citizens in their community because news of the liberal bent was spreading like wildfire. She blamed Andrew’s conservative education prohibition on the school’s Internet filtering, which she said is intended to “protect minors from potentially harmful or inappropriate content” — for example, “violence/hate/racism, cults/the occult, to name a few.”
She was puzzled, however, that “many of the liberal sites accessible to the student fell into the ‘not rated’ category, which was unblocked while many of the conservative sites were in the ‘political/advocacy group’ which is accessible to teachers but not to students.”
Mrs. Superintendent, there’s no surprise or mystery here. The problem is not the software but those programming it. As long as you have liberal-minded architects across the spectrum who only want to steer kids in their own particular secular and progressive direction, changing Internet filters all day long isn’t going to change the educational outcome; students will be prohibited from conservative education. Website accessibility is no different from choosing textbooks or instructors in classes; if liberals are in control, liberalism is the education.
A high school’s prohibiting conservative views isn’t shocking to any of us who for decades have watched the dilapidating state of public education. It’s just one more sign that public schools are little more than secular progressive indoctrination camps.
Andrew was exactly right when he said about his Internet education experience — or lack thereof: “This is really borderline indoctrination. Schools are supposed to be fair and balanced towards all ways of thinking. It’s supposed to encourage students to formulate their own opinions. Students aren’t able to do that here at the school, because they are only being fed one side of the issue.”
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