muses of the moment

February 6, 2013

Alrighty, then….

Filed under: Odds 'n ends — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 1:08 am

groovygirl is thinking of making up a weekly post about the idiotic ideas that government comes up with. Probably could be a whole blog 🙂

If you don’t already know what gg thinks about the US school system, perhaps this will clarify:

A proposal by the Prince George’s County Board of Education to copyright work created by staff and students for school could mean that a picture drawn by a first-grader, a lesson plan developed by a teacher or an app created by a teen would belong to the school system, not the individual.

Click here.

“Works created by employees and/or students specifically for use by the Prince George’s County Public Schools or a specific school or department within PGCPS, are properties of the Board of Education even if created on the employee’s or student’s time and with the use of their materials,” the policy reads. “Further, works created during school/work hours, with the use of school system materials, and within the scope of an employee’s position or student’s classroom work assignment(s) are the properties of the Board of Education.”

Questioned about the policy after it was introduced, Jacobs said it was never the board’s “intention to declare ownership” of students’ work.

Uh, that’s exactly what the policy says, Jacobs may want to reread it.

And there you go…

OK, this is wrong on so many levels. How many Articles of the Constitution/State Constitutions does this rule violate? Let me see….free speech, free state education, child labor laws, adult labor laws, rights to privacy, copyright laws, possibly unlawful search and seizure laws…..

If school boards and administrators (at every level from county to state to federal, they are all worthless, in gg’s humble opinion) spent half their energy, time, and money actually educating students instead of making up ridiculous rules, gg imagines that the US could graduate more than 74% of high school students (and the ones that graduate might actually be able to read, write and think critically).

Side musing: groovygirl would like to point out that the school system is paid for by the taxpayers, so technically, if we insist on going down this rabbit hole, the proposed “property” belongs to the local taxpayer, not the Board of Education.

More ironic humor here.

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