Just last week, Sprint announced that it is removing a cell tower right next to the Ripon School in California, after the fourth child since 2016 developed cancer. That’s good. Cell towers are dangerous, and to put one anywhere near a school is to court disaster. it doesn’t matter if the cell tower meets all the legislated safety standards, as Spring insists this one did, because those standards are inadequate. And if the safety standards have proven inadequate for cell towers, what makes anyone think that that the safety standards regarding Wi-Fi are any better? Yet schools are routinely installing and using Wi-Fi in classrooms with young children, on the premise that connecting to the Internet is somehow vital to their education.
Yes, wired connections are safer. But most schools won’t install them because they are more expensive than Wi-Fi. In many parts of the world, wired connections are unavailable. In fact, even Wi-Fi is unavailable to much of the world, which is why companies like OneWeb, which just launched the first 6 of 650 satellites that will become active in 2020, have proclaimed it their mission to provide Wi-Fi to schools all over the globe. The implication is that all these poor children in Latin America, Africa and Asia are missing out on a vital element of their educations by being denied access to the Internet.
As a former teacher of 25+ years’ experience, I question that proposition. There were no computers in the classrooms where I learned, and none where I taught all those years. When people began to rely on computer programs to teach lessons, I was skeptical for many reasons: it reduced the role of the teacher to that of a babysitter; children pressing buttons on a computer were not learning the basic skills of writing and arithmetic that form vital neural pathways in the brain; and the human eye was never intended to stare into a light source for hour after hour.
Good teaching is about knowledge and human interaction. Computers and Internet access are not vital to learning. You don’t need an Internet connection to teach; you need good teachers who can use the available materials effectively. I am glad I retired from teaching before the job was downgraded to computer babysitting, and doubly glad that I never had to spend years in Wi-Fi doing it.
Wi-Fi is electromagnetic radiation of the same frequency as radar and microwave ovens. This frequency damages living cells just as much as cell tower radiation does; the one is just as dangerous as the other. Radiation from Wi-Fi affects the central nervous system, and many children complain of dizziness, headaches, inability to concentrate and other problems when they’re forced to work in a Wi-Fi environment. Wi-Fi is just as likely to give children cancer as cell tower radiation, and the closer a child sits to the router, the more likely he or she will be damaged.
A school’s job is to educate children, but also to keep them safe. And Wi-Fi is NOT safe.
For materials such as the ones pictured above to protest Wi-Fi in schools, visit the Anti-Wireless Shop on Zazzle.com and have a look at the “Protest against Wi-Fi” collection. Links from the Home Page of this blog.