A quick little note: my students are looking for words inspired by the names of the Greek/Roman gods and goddesses. One student wondered if “hate” was derived from the name Hades (seems to fit, I guess). As I often do, I avoided giving him a direct answer and said he should look it up. But when he Googled “hate,” we discovered that searching explicitly for this term was blocked by the school’s web filters.
While I understand the rationale the powers-that-be would share about this example (avoiding hate sites, for example), I’m not sure I agree with it. It’s hard to teach students how to find informationand evaluate sources when something is so swiftly blocked – especially when it’s a general search term. I would think that seeing the daunting variety of results to his search would be a good opportunity to talk about how to refine searches. Instead, the web filters block both the search results and a teachable moment.
Of course, I’m just a lowly teacher; what do I know?