Stop and have a look at the work your children are doing in school and on the internet. I bet that most schools may as well pull the plug on their computers right now. Is this fair or even reasonable? Is it beneficial to our children and their learning?
We need to be teaching children about rights and responsibilities, and promoting sensible solutions like Creative Commons. Yet we still need LOTS of leniency and learning space in schools to develop these values in our children without the whip of an authoritarian government over our heads. It seems our New Zealand government is more interested in restricting our 21st century learning by implementing 20th century thinking when it comes to copyright laws.
Perhaps we need to send some teachers to the Beehive to teach some Key Competencies like thinking about the consequences of their actions. I have to wonder if they have even read them. If we had to go inspect the computers in the homes and schools of the children of our NZ government officials, what would we find?
Image by jamesotron a creative commons image, New Zealand Internet blackout protest against insane copyright law.