Update to Snapchat created ruckus in Kansas school

Update to Snapchat created ruckus in Kansas school
Last week, Snapchat was updated to include text messaging and video chats. To access the new features, you simply swipe right from your friend's name in your Snapchat inbox. If both you and your friend are using Snapchat at the same time, a button becomes animated to alert you. You can then start a video chat by pressing and holding the screen. Switch which camera you have in use, by moving the video preview window from the top of the screen to the bottom. That changes the camera in use from the rear-facing, to front-facing one.

Instead of just sending messages to each other that disappear in 10 seconds, Snapchat also has added another text service. Again, scrolling right from the name of a friend will allow you to have a real-time text message conversation with them. Unlike the original messaging feature on the app, the new texting capability is made for those who need to chat to each other in real time. Once you leave the chat screen, the conversation disappears, although it can be kept by taking a screenshot of the screen.

Meanwhile, the update seemed to rattle a 16-year veteran of the chalkboard. At Council Grove High School in Kansas, science teacher Tracie Schroeder called it the most disruptive day she has ever had as a teacher. Snapchat's demographic target are the pre-teens and teens, who are sending personal information to their friends that they don't want Moms and Pops to read. So when the Snapchat update came out in the middle of a school day, the students all raced to update the app. Schroeder even compared Snapchat to crack, noting that one girl hid under the table to update her phone. She did end up confiscating all of the handsets from students in her class, and gave them a talk about the appropriate time and place when they should be used.

source: BusinessInsider



1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It really isn't surprising. School is basically just daycare that includes free brainwashing.

2. Astro551

Posts: 46; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

I agree and disagree. As much as teachers don't want to admit it, ever since standardised testing and outcomes based curriculum's have been a part of our schools - rote learning, memorisation, and marks have become the basis for learning for our students. Yet at the same time I am still inclined to believe that school is the stepping stone which empowers the next generation to do what they want (to an extent). But not in the way teachers want it to happen - whoever gets the marks can get into the best degrees, whoever gets the highest SAT/ATAR can get into almost every course, whoever gets the best WAM/GPA (although employers are starting to slightly overlook this now) has a plethora of jobs unlocked for them. Either way, motivation aside; I don't think you can deny the opportunities which education provides. And I'm not just talking about money, business start ups, tradesmen, and truckies can all earn bucketloads of cash without a piece of paper; but education gives you choice.

4. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I do agree as well. There is only one way to know if someone knows a subject, test them. The problem I see is that even menial jobs require HS education. Long gone are the days when someone could be done with 8th grade and then go on to get a trade job, with training provided, and then provide for a family. The expectation that everyone can be a manager is a pipes dream, created by god knows who. If everyone is a manager who is the worker? How many jobs are out there with the idea that, being the worker is the lowest sum? We tell kids, go to college when in reality, in the real world, a college ed for probably half the kids is a total worthless waist in time money effort etc.

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I am not disputing the value of education. Rather, I am questioning whether or not public school is a good place to get a decent education. For example: http://www.naturalnews.com/044338_common_core_math_education_americas_children.html

8. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Public school itself is not bad. There are many public schools that are bad, but many that are great learning centers. Just another case of generalizations being too rash.

7. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Agreed - they teach kids that it's the mechanics that are important, not the reason behind it. They teach you it's about which profession you choose, not why you do something for money

3. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

A f#$%ing dinosaur bone causes a ruckus in Kansas schools. But that's beside the point... I'm glad I graduated from HS before cell phones were common in the hands of youth. All that happened a few years later. I'd hate to be a teacher these days. Between students texting in class, and using google and Wikipedia as their "sources", I'd probably give up on humanity altogether.

6. JaroB

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 13, 2013


9. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Today's kids have never known war or poverty, they've always had what they wanted, that's why they consider an iphone or a snapchat update more important than education, and that'also why the western civilization (mainly north america and europe) is destined to an inevitable decline, perfectly matched by the ascent of asian countries, where youngsters have a completely opposite attitude towards education. In 20 years, the world will be completely different, as western countries face the same kind of decline that brought the Roman empire to its end a thousand years ago (and they can't learn from history simply because they're not studying it anymore).

11. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

That's a little drastic don't you think? But I do agree that Asia will begin to finally hold more power than the U.S.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The new Snapchat update is amazing. Thank god I'm in the beta lol.

12. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

Also, people don't like the Snapchat update because it's not really something that should be a part of snapchat. The new features are poorly implemented and unnecessary, they also took away the beloved double tap to reply.

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Swiping to the right and hitting a button while seeing your recent chat imo is better.

14. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

tbh i don't think this is what snapchat is about ! and thus don't like the direction they took with this !

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