Crisis in the Classroom
Since the airing of Classrooms in Crisis, hundreds of teachers have reached out to KGW investigative reporter Cristin Severance expressing their gratitude for light being shed on this issue.
As teachers describe the incidents that are occurring in their classrooms, their stories seem unbelievable. That similar incidents are witnessed in schools across the state with no plausible explanation is a conundrum. The focus has been to criticize legislation that limits the interactions between teachers and troubled students. No touching. Classroom clears. Yes, that legislation should be amended and school professionals should be able to take control when a situation manifests. But that remedy doesn't explain the behaviors causing the problems.
What is missing from the conversation is probing into the cause of these deeply disturbing behaviors. These behaviors are not normal. KGW touched briefly on what might be an explanation as noted in this screenshot from the report.
Not only have today's children been raised with a digital device in hand, they are the first generation to be bombarded with WiFi radiation that has been proven to have consequential health effects on students. The Epoch Times reports that wireless radiation has become commonplace despite well-documented evidence of its harm, with thousands of studies going back several decades demonstrating health problems associated with exposure.
Schools are particularly worrisome, experts say, because they are where the most intense concentration of wireless radiation is found today. The Wi-Fi systems schools have adopted are much more comprehensive than your average home or coffee shop Wi-Fi. These commercial grade systems use several routers or “access points” throughout the classroom, often in the ceiling above students’ heads. Now, add in all the radiation spewing from all the wireless devices operated by each student, and you’ll find that kids are spending up to seven hours per day in a thick soup of electro-smog.
Other countries are much more aware of the threat wireless networks and devices pose to children. Dafna Tachover of We Are the Evidence is a former telecommunications officer turned lawyer who advocates for people harmed by wireless radiation. Her Supreme Court lawsuit in Israel led to the first limits on Wi-Fi in schools worldwide. Tachover showed evidence of 200 sick children from the Wi-Fi in just six schools. France has banned WiFi in schools.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that radio frequency electromagnetic fields can be carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B). Wireless phone use has been linked to an increased risk for brain cancer. The National Agency Health Safety of Food, Environment and Labour (ANSES) has also recommended to limit exposure of the population to radio frequencies – especially from mobile phones – and especially for children and heavy users.
Oregon is one of a few states considering legislation to limit WiFi in schools. From the Epoch Times:
Deb Mayer runs the Oregon chapter of Parents Across America (PAA). She says her organization has introduced three bills into the state legislature that target children’s increasing exposure to wireless radiation.
“We aren’t against technology. We’re against unsafe use and irresponsible use,” Mayer said.
One bill allows Wi-Fi wary parents to choose an alternative for their child. The bill also calls for kids to have recess so they get a chance to move around in the physical world for some part of their day.
The second bill focuses on better public understanding of the biological impact of wireless. It requires public and private schools to distribute information about the potential health risks of wireless network technology to employees, students and parents or guardians. It would also require the state’s Health Authority to examine peer-reviewed, independently funded studies on the effects of exposure to microwave radiation in schools and similar environments, particularly exposure that results from the use of wireless network technologies. It then calls on the Health Authority to create guidelines based on this review.
The bill that Mayer believes has the best chance of passing is one which calls for something wireless manufacturers already do, but writ large. Buried deeply in your cell phone manual are tips about using your device more safely. The bill asks to have these tips more explicit with clear warning labels so that consumers take safety more seriously.
Overall, that’s the biggest challenge—getting schools, lawmakers, and the public to treat the issue with the gravity it deserves.
“Getting people to believe that what we say is real and true is really a heavy lift because they don’t want to think there is a downside to their devices,” Mayer said. “And they especially don’t want to think that giving devices to their kids is a bad thing to do.”
One reason the U.S. is lagging behind in this matter is that tech companies have tremendous influence over media outlets. PAAO has approached the Oregonian, Portland Tribune, Willamette Week, and several other media outlets asking that they report this story and tell people about bills now being considered by the legislature. So far, Street Roots is the only Oregon publication to cover the story.
PAAO will be screening Generation Zapped at Gresham Public Library on Tuesday, March 19th at 6:00 PM and at Multnomah County Central Library on Wednesday, March 20th at 6:00 PM. Open to the public.