Tonight, my baby brother David, asked me to create a Facebook account for him. I asked him why, since I’ve turned down his request for his own Facebook account before. He told me it was for his computer assignment, and showed me this piece of paper.
Here’s what was written on it.
Grade 3 – Computer
1. Open your Facebook account (if you don’t have a Facebook account, please make an account to accomplish this assignment)
2. Type Xx. Xxxxx Xxxxx Xxxxx’x Xxxx, Xxx. in the search box
3. Click photos and click XXXXXX PAGEANT OFFICAL CANDIDATES album
4. Click the second photo, Candidate No. 2 – Xxxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx then click the like button
5. This should be accomplished tomorrow, November 30 till December 1, 2011 and will serve as your graded hands-on activity for the day
6. To be checked Thursday & Friday, December 1-2, 2011 only
Now, how many things are wrong with this assignment?
1. My baby brother David is in the third grade, he is 9 years old. He shouldn’t even be on Facebook. Those of you who read my blog regularly know of my attempts to influence my baby brother to read actual books here, here, and here.
2. Liking of any page or any content in a Facebook fan page does not merit any academic purpose; thus, it should not merit grades.
3. In support to item #2, it should not be a mandatory activity.
4. Facebook rules explicitly state that the Facebook fan pages cannot conduct promos or contests that coerce its members to like a fan page or anything under its content, which falls under direct interaction between Facebook and its user.
5. The school should be my baby brother’s second home, he should not be manipulated to fulfill the personal interests of his teacher.
I took screen caps of the page and the kid and the teacher’s comments and I will post it here.
And I quote, “mag-mamagic p po aq para dmi p votes pumasok…thank you po s mga nag-votes…”
To Mrs. Xxxxxx Xxxx Xxxxxx-Xxxxxxxx, I do understand that as a parent you would want your daughter to win this competition but please do not do it at the expense of my brother’s education. It would’ve been better if you’ve just asked your students with Facebook accounts to vote for your daughter but the fact that you made it mandatory as an assignment makes it all so wrong.
To my baby brother David, I’m sorry, your classmates may think that you are uncool for not having a Facebook account and while it may be easier to just create a Facebook account for you and have this over with, the University that ate went to taught her to speak up when she thinks that something is wrong.