YouTube for Schools - A Leadership Embarrassment
The launch of YouTube for Schools is well documented by now and has brought with it considerable excitement. While I should be happy about this opportunity for schools, teachers (check out YouTube Teachers), and students that are in a position to at least have the hand shackles removed, there is a part of me that remains frustrated.
Google should be proud. They saw the unfortunate trend and stepped up. Teachers and students should be happier. Those that have lived in the world of heavy handed filtering now have an easier argument for relaxing it a bit.
Then there is the administration.
With Marlin-like fear (Nemo's father), many administrators have allowed YouTube to remain blocked at best for only students at worse for everyone.
With this controlled YouTube, I fear that some administrators will see this as a victory of sorts, a badge of honor for their Filter Fight against such devilish.
Despite its value, YouTube for Schools should be an embarrassment to administrators and school leaders. It is an indictment of our ignorance and inability to lead in a chang(ed)(ing) world.
And I have to wonder, are these Marlin-like administrators at all concerned about their choice between YouTube, YouTube for Schools, or
With all the 21st Century rhetoric bantered about in schools these days, I continue to wonder if our policies and practices are aligned with our stated beliefs.
Final Note: Thank you Google for listening and creating an alternative. This is by no means an indictment on the exceptional work you are doing to make some form of YouTube a reality for teachers and students within schools.