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Ohanian Comment: Hmmmm. So my website is blocked because "it doesn't have any educational value." But then, we know about the model of education offered by Texas, don't we?

by Richard Connelly

Susan Ohanian is an education activist who's written several books and has a popular Web site featuring her views.

Those views include regular attacks on the No Child Left Behind act, the crowning achievement of George W. Bush's education policy.
Ohanian is one of the leading critics of NCLB. Although you wouldn't know it if you're a student or teacher in the Aldine school district.

One of Ohanian's regularly updated "outrages" on her Web site is a recent item headlined "Critical Thinking in Houston." Aldine ISD, she announces, has blocked district computers from being able to access her site.

What gives, Aldine? A little criticism of W and you come down with the censorship hammer?

Not really, says AISD spokesman Mike Keeney. "A company called Blue Coat updates our block list every night, and political activism is one of the categories," he says. "It doesn't matter if it's left or right...If it doesn't have educational value, those sites would be blocked."

He says the Web sites of Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter are blocked, too.

So there's no great pro-Bush conspiracy. Then again, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of open-mindedness, either.

— Richard Connelly
Houston Press
2007-01-17
http://www.houstonpress.com/Issues/2007-01-18/news/hairballs_full.html


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