Podcast: Levels of censorship on campus
Albert Law: Hi, Iâ€™m Albert Law
Irene: Hi, Iâ€™m Irene Zhou, and today weâ€™re going to be talking about censorship.
Law: For example, letâ€™s talk about cussing. I feel like cussing shouldnâ€™t be censored because itâ€™s a way for students to expresses themselves, and also students already know most of the derogatory terms.
Zhou: I think cussing should be definitely censored and especially in the classroom. Even though they shouldnâ€™t necessarily be punished for what they say in the classroom, there are still a set of guidelines which we need to follow to have an appropriate classroom setting and learning can take place efficiently and appropriately.
Law: I feel that cursing is fine as long as the student doesnâ€™t do it in an excessive amount when a teacher tells them to stop. However, if they continue, they should be punished.
Law: For the second example, I wore a shirt to school that had a certain extent of nudity that I thought wouldnâ€™t bother anybody. However, my teacher called me out for it because she felt like it was too distracting.
Zhou: Well, I would agree with your teacher. Though it might not bother you or you think it might not bother anyone else, there are still people at school who are sheltered at home or their parents like to keep them knowing or seeing this kind of stuff. Even so, it could be distracting in a learning environment.
Law: Itâ€™s mainly based on the students. Theyâ€™re not forced to look at the shirt that contained partial nudity. If they keep staring at it and not focusing in class, [then] itâ€™s their fault because again, no is really forcing them to look.
Zhou: Even though it might be their fault for looking, you donâ€™t necessarily have to wear clothes with that kind of graphic photo to school where itâ€™s a professional place and kids are trying to learn. You know itâ€™s going to probably distract them. It is their fault, but itâ€™s not completely their fault because you were there to provide them the image to look at.
Law: For our third topic, weâ€™re going to look at the schoolâ€™s Wi-Fi and how they ban most of the websites.
Zhou: On school laptops and for anyone who connects to school Wi-Fi, a lot of websites are banned. Some are understandably banned like inappropriate websites, but sometimes Google is banned too, and a lot of other seemingly normal websites are banned.
Law: I feel the school is trying to protect their students and its firewall by not allowing students to access different sites besides the school website. However, it could cause a lot of problems for students who need to get their work in when every site browser is banned.
Zhou: Even though some of them might be unreasonably banned, though I agree some of them are perfectly fine. The school is trying to take precautions, and they donâ€™t want to take the risk of students going to inappropriate sites for any reason. Theyâ€™re trying to look out for the district itself and the students on their part.
Law: But if the school wants to protect its students, it could ban only a certain amount of websites that can cause harm or make a student uncomfortable. However the rest of the websites banned, some arenâ€™t even harmful or inappropriate, but itâ€™s still banned from student use.
Zhou: I think some of those website you are talking about may be, for the most part, are normal or fine. There might be one site or one topic where it can be inappropriate to students.
Moderator: So, final thoughts on censorship on campus.
Law: I feel like censorship shouldnâ€™t be banned. It doesnâ€™t matter because, again, students already have experience with the derogatory situations that have happened.
Zhou: I think censorship should be applied to a certain extent on campus especially because [the campus] is a learning environment and it is a place where students are trying to learn. Even though they may know all the stuff thatâ€™s going on, itâ€™s still a precaution the school should take.
By Albert Law, Feature editor, and Irene Zhou, Staff writer
Edited by Eunice Lin