Oops: This is an older post transferred from my old blog – the document was proven to be fake, so no teacher actually issued a detention for using FireFox
Nearly everyone who uses FireFox falls in love with it. This quick, reliable internet browser is safer, easier to customize, and vastly more stable/reliable than it’s Microsoft counterpart IE (Internet Explorer) – not to mention it’s superior capacity to reckognize and render CSS properly.
For one Pennsylvania high school student however, FireFox may prove to be more trouble than it’s worth.
An unnamed 11th grader, attending Big Spring High School in Newville, PA recieved detention for having the vile program ‘FireFox.exe’ launched. Despite the students attempts to introduce FireFox and explain the virtues of the superior web browser, the teacher demanded that the browser be closed and that IE be used instead.
Ahh, another example of our public education system in the works. I understand that this only tells part of the story and it’s entirely possible that the student may have been disrespectful in his dealings with the teacher, promoting a ‘stand-off’ between the student and the teacher, which might help explain the teachers issue here (although nothing in the incedent report indicated this to be true)
I’m sick of educators using the excuse “I’m too old for all that ‘computer stuff’ ” or”I’m an english teacher, not the computer teacher” to hide behind when it’s simply laziness and a lack of will that keeps people from continuing to grow.
It’s just scarey to imagine allowing this high school teacher to be responsible for educating any of my kids. How can I trust someone to prepare my children for tomorrow, when they can’t grasp the technologies and tools of today..?!