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News 12/2010


Internet Restrictions

Some may remember that at the beginning of the first semester, students were able to access Facebook and Youtube. However, the school district has recently blocked these sights once again. Why has the school district made such a sudden change?

One reason is because of elementary school parents complaining that the schools aren't blocking enough sites that might be bad influences to their children. They've also said that such sites that should be blocked are inappropriate and distracting.

To elaborate more about this matter, Jorge Goncalves, the Academy of Information Technology teacher, was interviewed. He said, "It is the job of the school district [to moderate the accessable sites]." This applies to all of the schools within the district.

Another reason why these sites are being blocked in due to the Child Internet Protection Act. This act states that in order for a school to receive federal funding, or discounts on Internet access, they are required to filter out certain sites. This funding can also be referred to as "E-Rate discounts".

The CIPA decides what sites are or aren't considered safe for children to view. Such sites include Youtube. Youtube, which is a very popular video hosting site, can be considered a distraction. However, it can also be useful as an educational resource. Therefore, the district plans on making Youtube available only for teacher accounts in future schools.



by Helen Moy

What is FairTrade?

    Do you like buying brand name from big companies like Nestle,
Hershey’s, or Starbucks? These are just some of the many big companies
in the world that get their products from farms in third world
countries that employ workers at extremely low wages. Some even
enslave children younger than students at Lincoln. Good thing there
are companies out there like the FairTrade Foundation that care for
the workers and their rights.

    The FairTrade Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks
justice and fairness for everybody in the world by being treated
fairly. The foundation has over 20 countries that participate with
them as they make the world a better and fairer place. What the
FairTrade foundation actually does is providing the licensing use of
the “FAIRTRADE” mark as a consumer guarantee that the product that
they are buying is for a good cause. One can only use this mark by
insuring the FairTrade Foundation that the products that were used to
make the final product were made by workers with their fair rights.
The workers had to be paid at least minimum wage, and with certain
benefits. It is amazing how many big companies out there do not meet
up with these requirements. FairTrade stands up for the workers’
rights and tries to make sure that there will not be any kind of
slavery in the world.

    The FairTrade Foundation has proven to be a huge success in the
world. FairTrade products being sold all around the world has improved
massively from the time that it started. In just 10ten years from the
year 1999 to 2009 the sales grew from 29 million dollars to 108
million dollars! The foundation has made its mark on this planet, and
it shows that people in this world care.

    The FairTrade Foundation now has their logo on almost everything in
the daily lives of an American. Coffee, tea, cocoa products
(chocolates), honey products, fruits, flowers, wine, cotton, and much
more things are examples of what can be bought by FairTrade.

    Here at Lincoln High, many teachers are well aware of the FairTrade
foundation and what it does. Some teachers are even teaching it to
their students and giving presentations to different classes. Nancy
Kaufmann, a modern world teacher, and Vanessa Carter, the Green
Academy teacher are examples of teachers that teach about Fairtrade.
These classes have been going around classes to educate other classes
about the FairTrade foundation and encourages many to help spread the
word. Everyone should know about this!



by William Tien