Jameel Jamal: Facebook.sch.uk – fantastic or flawed?

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There simply aren’t enough non-conformist, strong minded people in today’s society who could deny or tear down the growing might of Facebook. Not long ago, emails and letters were the most common form of communication and now it’s questionably developed into inboxing and posting on people’s walls, something we seem to have found more favourable. So why is it that when most school teachers are part of the Facebook hype, this social network is banned for use in schools, leading to frustrated students all over the country? Ever since this topic arose, scores of head teachers have hidden behind the bush of “it will distract the students and provoke cyber bullying”. Debatable.

Today, most students have been brainwashed into thinking Facebook is an essential part of our daily routine, it’s why most of us dodge the computer ban with smartphones with a Facebook app; with 750 million active users around the world you can’t blame us. Even then, we have enough brain cells to know not to go on a poking spree through our teacher’s profiles and not to send out threatening messages to other students. Even if we did, surely it would be a lot easier to locate culprits via CCTV in classrooms and through the school network of computers? Maybe I’m being too loud, let’s look at all the good things Facebook could bring to schools:……..nothing. That’s the point, there’s nothing amazing or terrible that could come from Facebook in schools.

It essentially comes down to freeing up students and stopping us from evolving into textbook guzzling robots. I’m sure I wouldn’t be harming anyone if I updated my status during lunchtime. Schools have the ability to stamp out wrongdoings on the school network and they can rejoice from seeing more concentrated students in class. What’s more is that students can find themselves spending less time on Facebook when they get home as they would have browsed their notifications during break or lunch at school. It’s just too bad our definition of good schooling is old schooling, don’t you agree?

Jameel Jamal, 16

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