By Dean D.
For some reason in sixth-grade at GFS, we don’t have access to email. We have had Google accounts since fifth grade, and we don’t have email. Why not? It is possible to communicate electronically by sharing Google Docs, which is against school policy. But why? It’s possible that teachers don’t want us to be exposed to spam attacks, but we have taken ethics classes from second to fifth grades.
It could be helpful to have access to email. For example, if we wanted to contact a teacher who doesn’t have Google Classroom about the homework. Or, to ask a friend for help. Sixth graders could use email as a tool for self-advocacy: for example, those new to the middle school would be able to contact teachers, and all students could contact teachers to clarify unexpected roadblocks or confusing instructions.
GFS could not be reached for comment, but we sixth graders are overwhelmingly in support of having email. “Yes, we should have email!” Peter, a sixth-grader, exclaimed.
As far as I can tell, there is no reason for us to not have email. Sixth graders should be able to use email, just like the seventh graders. Rising sixth graders should get a grounding with the powerful tool of email.