Intellectual Property Decrees Are Good For the Children

Sunday, February 3, 2013
Posted in category Public Uneducation

The Washington Post reports that the Prince George County Board of Education can own your child’s ideas.

A proposal by the Prince George’s County Board of Education to copyright work created by staff and students for school could mean that a picture drawn by a first-grader, a lesson plan developed by a teacher or an app created by a teen would belong to the school system, not the individual.

The measure has some worried that by the system claiming ownership to the work of others, creativity could be stifled and there would be little incentive to come up with innovative ways to educate students. Some have questioned the legality of the proposal as it relates to students.

The policy reads as such:

“Works created by employees and/or students specifically for use by the Prince George’s County Public Schools or a specific school or department within PGCPS, are properties of the Board of Education even if created on the employee’s or student’s time and with the use of their materials,” the policy reads. “Further, works created during school/work hours, with the use of school system materials, and within the scope of an employee’s position or student’s classroom work assignment(s) are the properties of the Board of Education.”

The lawyers are already hovering and sniffing a lawsuit. How many more reasons does one need to get his or her kids out of the government school prison system? Follow me on Twitter @karendecoster.

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One Response to Intellectual Property Decrees Are Good For the Children

  1. Mindy says:

    February 3rd, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Yet another reason why my kids will never see the inside of a public school…that and the local highschool in my rural oregon town has a 33% graduation and the superintendent just died of a meth/heroin overdose. Did I mention the phenomenal STD rate among the teens? I heard about that from the Crisis Pregnancy Center woman who spoke at our church. SO at least the kids are learning something.

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