What you can do

Already those opposed to WiFi in schools have managed to change School District 61 policy and now elementary schools are required to apply (pdf) and be approved for WiFi installations in schools. In the case of Saanich School District 63, an outright ban on new WiFi installations (pdf see Administrative Procedure section 14) in elementary schools has been imposed.

What can you do?

  1. Contact your school board and tell them that WiFi is an essential learning technology that needs to be in our schools. You can email all the SD61 representatives in one email using the trustees@sd61.bc.ca. If you are in SD 63, you can find contact information for district representatives on the SD63 website.
  2. Vote for school board trustees who support and encourage the appropriate use of technology in the classroom, including WiFi.
  3. Talk to parents in your school about this issue.
  4. Speak with your PAC representatives and tell them you support WiFi in our schools.
  5. Download and distribute a copy of our poster (PDF document 1.4 meg)

 

 

9 comments on “What you can do
  1. walter says:

    Where do you work? Where do you get your information? Where do you get your funding? Please educate yourself on the health issues. Open up your mind to the possibility that you are uncritically accepting information from the industry that is extremely biased.,

    • Scott Leslie says:

      Actually, unlike yourself, those of us involved with creating this site are simply parents who have no financial interest in this debate. We started it because we felt there needed to be some counterbalance to the scaremongering from anti-wifi groups who had so far dominated this discussion. A number of us work in post-secondary education, with technology. A couple of others are K-12 educators or members of faculties of education who understand the impact that removing wifi will have on children’s ability to have a 21st Century education. We have no funding at all. We get our information not through uncritical internet searches but through a wide variety of informed sources. I can’t speak for everyone else involved, but I have spent time reading many of the sites that purport to show evidence of the harms of wifi. They inevitably point back to the same few sources, and the same very small number of researchers who don’t seem to be able to convince any of their peers.

      I am not an uncritical reader. Far from it. I actually believe that there are many occasions where truth has been perverted for the sake of profit. Having met and listened to some of the people making the case against wifi, I’m not at all convinced this is the case here. I personally prefer to put my efforts into resisting technologies and other issues where the dangers are imminent and undisputed. In the case of wifi, I don’t believe this is the case, and I DO believe that allowing people to play out their larger fears on through this issue dilutes attention from more important issues, such as the progressive defunding and privitization of education.

    • Since it is apparently quite important that people know all the details of my life, I work for a publically funded organization called BCcampus, funded by Ministry of Advanced Education. Hey, look at that – you pay my wages! Assuming you pay taxes. I have a Masters of Arts in Learning & Technology from Royal Roads University. I get my information from the web, and from various academic journal databases.

      I paid for this domain and web hosting out of my own pocket. It runs open source software. I am sure that at some point my hosting company will shut this site down due to the volume of comments and conversation as I am cheap and have only paid for a small hosting package.

      What else do you want to know?

  2. walter says:

    Dear Peter,

    From what I understand Mr. Lalonde the owner of the web site, is the Client Service Manager, Curriculum Services & Applied Research at BC campus, working primarily on open education projects.

    Mr Lalonde’s job is predicated on keeping wireless on campuses.

    I do not see that published anywhere in your literature.

    That to me is a real conflict of interest that is unknown to the public.

    .I test for electromagnetic radiation as a part of my business. That is a conflict of interest similar to that of a garage mechanic or your dentist. I give advise to my clients . They can take it or leave it, and they know I have no hidden agenda.

    What I read on this web site comes directly from a PR manual of the Wi Fi industry.

    Keep reading Peter, maybe you will finally find the truth.

    All the Best,

    Walt McGinnis

    • Well, you got me. Found me out. There is the smoking gun. I didn’t put this site together because I am a concerned parent who believes that the education of my children is at stake here. I am just a shill for the WiFi man.

      Question my motives all you want. Those who know me know why this site was created. And those who are helping out here are doing it for the same reasons – we are parents and getting just a tad tired of having people like you jeopardizing our kids future.

  3. Scott Leslie says:

    Who the heck is Peter?

    Clint is only one person involved with this site. He works in post-secondary education. His only interest in keeping wifi in k-12 schools is, as with myself, to ensure our kids get the best chance of an education that includes all the skills and literacies they will need in the coming decades.

  4. Keep looking for conspiracy if you’d like, but we’re all in the post-secondary sector. We take off our work hats to be here as parents of children in Victoria area schools lacking wifi to support good learning designs for our students and their teachers.

    If you want to point to conflict, I might propose that your business is predicated entirely on installing wiring. Makes sense to create fear to support wiring installations. Now, I don’t want to say that as I believe you believe your views, but please step off the conspiracy agenda. There isn’t anything here but concerns parents who would like to see learning in schools that moves beyond 20th century practices.

  5. walter says:

    Dear Valerie,

    There are many types of conflict of interest. Two large categories of conflict of interest are the apparent and known conflicts of interest such as those we face every day in business, and the secret and unknown conflicts of interest which are the problem in my opinion.

    #1 Your mechanic, your doctor, your EMR tester all have known conflicts of interest, and if you chose to use their services you are aware of these interests and accept that this a part of the arrangement. You have all the information required to make an informed decision if the person you are dealing with discloses fully all their interests in an issue. I have always fully disclosed my interest in the human exposure to EMR issue. When people hire me they know my position on this. People like me have never had a problem with anyone regarding hiding a secret conflict of interest. I have none.

    #2 An unknown conflict of interest, such as when a person has an interest in an issue and participates in the discussion with people who do not know of these affiliations, is a problem in my opinion.

    All the Best,

    Walt McGinnis

    • Clint says:

      Hi Walter,

      I have updated my profile on the About page to try to address your criticisms. It is no secret who I am, what I do, or what my background perspective on this is. Never has been. Google my name and you’ll discover that I am a dad who is Vice Chair of my kids PAC at Willows school and has worked for the past 20 years in public education, albeit post-secondary system and not k-12. I also have a Masters degree from Royal Roads University, specializing in education & technology. You call it a conflict of interest that I choose to take up this side of the argument. I call it an informed opinion. But I’ll leave it up to those neutral’s who wade thru this site to decide for themselves if I have a conflict of interest in this issue or not.