May 9th, 2022
GCISD is partnering with Belong Gaming Arenas at Grapevine Mills to "provide ... [a] dedicated practice ... space."
“If we can ... bridge the gap between the way our kids live and the way they learn, then we succeed in ...[reaching] our kids and building for the future” (Kyle Berger , Chief Technology Officer, GCISD).
Eports stands for "electronic sports." This is different from video games. Esports is organized, competitive gameplay between teams. Successful competitors in Esports learn about teamwork, communication, strategic thinking, and leadership. GCISD is expanding this program to all middle schools and elementary schools.
The Lavender Lounge was a public access TV show in San Francisco that aired from 1991-1995. The show was nicknamed "The Queer American Bandstand." Notice the intimate lesbian sketch on the bottom. Notice the nail polish designs on her fingers.
What is the message this image is intended to convey to an 8-9 year old?
Everyone loves the tango.
That said, why would an 8-9 year old need a gay couple dancing the tango as a backdrop on a school Chromebook?
We think that children would choose this image to make fun of gay people -- not to respect them.
Pushing the idea that all oppression is related, this image depicts colors of the flags of various sexual orientations (including non-binary, gender queer, and others) held by a black hand.
Do most parents want to have a discussion about lesbians with their 8 year old children?
What questions will this image raise in the mind of a child?
Playing up the minority angle, this image includes a bi-racial lesbian couple.
Do most parents want to have a discussion about lesbian relationships with their 8-9 year old?
Children's Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) imposes certain requirements on operators of websites or online services directed to children under 13 years of age, and on operators of other websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information online from a child under 13 years of age.
The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children's access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet. CIPA imposes certain requirements on schools or libraries that receive discounts for Internet access or internal connections through the E-rate program.
Schools and libraries subject to CIPA may not receive the discounts offered by the E-rate program unless they certify that they have an Internet safety policy that includes technology protection measures. The protection measures must block or filter Internet access to pictures that are: (a) obscene; (b) child pornography; or (c) harmful to minors (for computers that are accessed by minors).