In my opinion technology in schools is a very controversial issue, especially when concerning social justice and anti-oppressive education. The Internet is a great resource for researching social justice issues, however, many youth also use it as an outlet for making derogatory comments and bullying. Macklemore illustrates this issue in his song Same Love:
Have you read the YouTube comments lately?
“Man, that’s gay” gets dropped on the daily
We become so numb to what we’re saying
A culture founded from oppression
Yet we don’t have acceptance for ’em
Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board
The way society and technology are progressing it is important for both teachers and parents to educate our youth on appropriate ways to use the internet. It can be in incredibly powerful tool, but this power can be used in both positive negative ways.
With great power comes great responsibility.