By: Irydian Jimenez
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For the last two years, students at The Samueli Academy have been trusted to full access to the computers without blocking of any sort of site. Why is it that this year we are blocked from a numerous websites, like social media, Youtube, educational websites, and even from changing our desktop?
For the past years, Samueli Academy high school has enforced several codes of honor, those being, trust, respect, and responsibility.
In support with Jordy Najera, who said, “Our school is based on trust, respect and responsibility, it really hard as a student for them to tell you that they trust you and they are blocking websites that they think you can do bad things with. We are told that we are trusted, but we are not shown that we are trusted."
If we were to be truly trusted, it would be in our responsibility and integrity to do things appropriately on the computers because we wouldn't want to lose the school`s trust. It`s starting to become a problem itself, because kids are starting to complain about how even some educational websites are being blocked. Sometimes in class, we are asked to watch a video or go on a website and it is upsetting when you are not able to access it. For example, during English class, sometimes we are asked to go on Spark Notes if we did not understand a part of the book we are reading, and Spark Notes is blocked.
A really important reason as to why our computers should not have restricted websites is because kids are not always being distracted by the computers,“if people don't want to listen in class, they aren't going to listen, even if the computers are unavailable.” says, Ivanery Jimenez.
Students are not only being distracted by the computers, but also by the cellular devices that they own. Because the computers are not fully available for access, students are now transferring to their phones and is causing a bigger problem. Lots of students are not only being distracted by the computers and websites, but by what they think is a "distraction"
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