When authorities attempt to supress reasonable experimentation in the name of iron-clad safety and risk avoidance, it strikes me as wrongheaded and ultimately foolish. But even worse, when authorities kow-tow to pseudoscience, lamely masquerading as public health and welfare, it goes beyond merely that.
Here's a recent article about a school in England that has ripped out its wi-fi network, thereby depriving the students there of a wonderful, learning enhancing technology in order to satisfy the half-baked concerns of the misinformed and the techno-phobes.
Vivenne and grandson --->Wireless computers are dismantled
Chichester's 500-year-old Prebendal School has bowed to pressure from parents and agreed to dismantle its wireless computer network, amid concerns that it could threaten children's health.
Vivienne Baron, of Sidlesham, who is bringing up her 10-year-old grandson Sebastian, joined parents to lobby headteacher Tim Cannell.
"The school was wonderful, and responded to what we were saying," she said.
"Many people are unaware of the potential dangers with wireless computer networks. But they are like having a phone mast in the classroom, and the transmitters are placed very close to the children."
Full report in November 23 issue of the Observer
I googled vivienne to see what else she had to say on the matter. From the results, it appears to me that she is an "anti-radiowave" activist and spends considerable time campaigning against the "dangers" of cell phone towers.
My opinion: to deprive students of valuable educational technology based on such unproven concerns is a bad thing. Authorities need to stand up to Nanny State silliness.