Cell Phones in High School: The Text Best Thing?
Let's say you're a high school teacher. It's a noble calling, shaping young minds. Some young minds defy shaping, however. There are places those minds would rather be than at a desk in a classroom.
There is little they can do about this, stuck in their bodies as their brains are. However, even though they can't physically leave the classroom, they can mentally leave it. They can take their mind somewhere else by just turning on their cell phone and texting a friend.
This is why the use of cell phones is forbidden in most area public schools. Students can't pay attention to the teacher when they're tapping out a text or reading one. But now the student member of Montgomery County's school board is suggesting students be allowed to text during lunch.
This sounds entirely reasonable. Family lives are so complicated now that parents and children need to be in touch. Do you have rehearsal after school? Can you pick me up? Who's taking the dog for a walk? Yes, we somehow used to be able to answer these questions without instant communication but now we rely on it.
Not so fast, say school officials. Allowing lunch-time texting would be a slippery slope. Soon kids will be texting all day long.
It sounds as if some already are. Now, that's not a good reason for opening the floodgates. (See: "If everybody jumped off a cliff would that make it all right?") But this seems like a teachable moment. The lesson? When a teacher is teaching you owe him or her your complete attention. Texting is not allowed. During lunch, you may text.
If kids can't figure that out, take their phones away.
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