May 23rd, 2006

Hang It Up

By Jesse Scaccia
The New York Times

You’re a teacher in the New York City public school system. It’s September, and you’re lecturing the class on the structure of an essay. Your students need to know this information to pass your class and the Regents exam, and you, of course, hope that one day your talented students will dazzle and amaze English professors all over the country.

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  1. Posted by Dave Kovacs on May 23rd, 2006

    The argument that we need cell phones in classrooms in case of dire emergencies is the weakest argument since “the government should be able to spy on anyone since if you have nothing to hide why care?”

    The way some people idolize technology---you would think 20 years ago, before everyone had cell phones, our society was just an anarchaic monster on the verge of a Roman-style fall.

  2. Posted by Brian Reed on May 24th, 2006

    If I were a parent, I would be fighting like mad to KEEP cell phones banned from school, and if they didn’t, I would pull my kid out and send him/her to private school.  And to all you parents out there who are buying your kids cell phones, you had better be really firm about teaching them cell phone etiquette and respect for those around them.  If you’re really concerned about your kid’s safety, here are two other points you would be wise to consider:  the possiblity of your kid/teen being involved in a cell phone/distracted driving accident, or even a cell phone rage incident.  If you think the latter is far-fetched, think again.  I witnessed a fight break out in a movie theatre a couple weeks ago over a couple of 16-year-olds who wouldn’t stop answering their ringing cells in the middle of the movie.

  3. Posted by Al Mangini on June 1st, 2006

    I for one will join teachers in the fight to ban cell phones from the schools. They are very distractive for classmates and very annoying for teachers to try and teach over them. I say kick out the cell phone and if the kid keeos bringing it, then kick out the kid, and let the parents pay a fine to have the kid reinstated. We didnt need cell phones in the schools years ago, why suddenly now we need them? We dont, its just something for kids and bad parents to cry about.

  4. Posted by Andy on June 2nd, 2006

    Cell phones are also a safety issue: students use them to call their posse to meet them outside when there is an altercation in school. This has happened more than once in my building. The cell phones are NOT necessary for students to have, the students are too immature to use them responsibly, and they are a constant distraction in the classroom. Cell phone blockers are available; however, they are technically illegal to use except for law enforcement.

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