November 23, 2013 : Comments have been turned off on this site. The barrage was endless and the vitriol intense. Comments that do get through to me will not be posted or responded to. Thanks for your understanding. This site remains up for anyone in another district who might have to fight a similar battle in their school district and is looking for resources.
- Wifi is essential to our children’s 21st Century Education. Removing it sets up even greater roadblocks to an already challenging future.
- The health risks and concerns being raised by the Anti-Wifi coalition are not substantiated by science, nor by the many different publicly funded regulatory bodies in Canada who are charged with ensuring the public’s health.
- The alternatives proposed to address this unsubstantiated risk will incur additional, unnecessary costs on an already stressed public system
Opponents of WiFi in schools would have you believe that there is nothing lost by banning WiFi in schools and that the alternative to enable internet access in schools is wired internet connections. While this may sound like a reasonable compromise, it is a major step backwards for our education system.
WiFi restrictions reduce and, in some cases, eliminate access for our children to the largest educational resource ever created - the internet. It imposes limits on the types of tools our teachers can use, and negatively impacts the education of our children.
We need to take a balanced and rational approach based on weighing the benefits against possible risks. Anti-wifi advocates believe banning WiFi has no pedagogical consequences for our children. This site is dedicated to debunking that line of thinking and advocating that we actually lose the very thing we have established schools for in our society – educating our children to the best of our ability.