Wi-Fi in Schools: Testing for Microwave Radiation Dangers in the Classroom
"A previous commenter summed it up nicely: This $20 million tech bond isn't about "the kids," it's about Dr. Rod Rock trying to make a name for himself in education circles. Note that he doesn't stay in one place very long, which probably explains why he won't put down roots in Clarkston. This is just another springboard for his bigger career aspirations -- but on our dime."How very true in my opinion.
"I have never voted down a school bond proposal in my life, but I will vote "no" on May 8 for several reasons.
1. CCS has too much debt. The best thing we can do for "the kids" is to teach them that you don't borrow money for technology that is obsolete in 24 to 36 months. You live within your means.
2. Too many families can't afford a bigger tax burden. Their homes are under water and unemployment/underemployment is still too high. What world do the four members who voted for this live in?
3. I have interviewed job applicants who are terrific on the computer and still can't find England on a map. iPads may be good for Apple's stock price but they don't teach intellectual curiosity.
4. I am put off by the Clarkston Board of Education's Politburo-style conduct of keeping dissenting voices from being heard.
5. I am equally put off by the sneaky move to slide this issue onto a special election -- at the cost of $35,000 -- to keep turnout low and to stack the deck with the "yes" crowd.
6. The superintendent wants to raise my taxes and plunge our district into more debt but apparently isn't such a believer in CCS' future that he'll bring his family here (and pay Clarkston taxes). Which raises a question: Are are the taxpayers picking up the cost of him lengthy commute via his car allowance?
7. I've seen no studies linking iPads and wireless connectivity to test scores. I have seen studies showing that tablets and netbooks in schools have a short shelf life due to wear and tear.
7. Frankly, I don't trust the people running CCS to spend the bond money wisely or ethically."
"There are many other devices that emit the same radiation as Wi-Fi. These include:
• DECT (digitally enhanced cordless telecommunications) and DECT-style baby monitors. Most of these devices emit pulsing microwave radiation from their base station (even when the phone is not being used), and are frequently placed by the bedhead or on the work desk.
• wireless home entertainment systems and game consoles (also known to emit microwaves even when switched off)
• some wireless security/alarm systems• digital wireless electric meters installed on our homes and other buildings
• wireless interactive whiteboards and paging systemsWhat are the health effects?
People may be affected in many different ways. Reported health effects from this type of radiation are one or more of the following:
Neurological: headaches, dizziness/nausea, memory and concentration difficulties, insomnia, depression/anxiety, fatigue/weakness, numbness/tingling, muscle and joint pains.
Cardiac: heart palpitations, shortness of breath, heart arrhythmias, high blood pressure.
Eyes: pain/discomfort, pressure in the eyes, deteriorating vision, cataracts.
Ears: ringing in the ears, hearing loss.
Other: skin problems (including hives), digestive problems, dehydration, nosebleeds, impaired sense of smell and light sensitivity.
Research has also pointed to an increased likelihood of long-term effects – including cancer, neurological diseases, genetic effects such as male sterility, miscarriage and birth defects, as well as asthma, diabetes, thyroid dysfunction and bleeding disorders.
It is also known that microwave radiation penetrates the body of a younger person more than an adult, so the possible long-term effects on young, developing children are of particular concern."