Blogging Backlash

“Educational bloggers are finding their blogs blocked by school districts because they are talking about important, yet controversial educational issues” like MySp@ce, reports Digital Divide Network, which changed the “a” to “@” so not to be filtered by Texas school districts. “Important educational blogs…are getting censored arbitrarily because they are trying to raise awareness of sites like MySp@ce, encouraging critical examinations by educators and a greater emphasis on media literacy. To engage in a constructive debate about sites like this, you have to mention them. And preferably link to them. And these acts are getting bloggers banned by schools.”

School districts are blocking education-themed blogs that discuss controversial topics, like MySpace.