- I could care less whether or not a student has a cell phone on them in class. I carried mine when I taught, but I don't use it. Talking on it during class I definitely don't agree with. Not crazy about texting, especially when it becomes a distraction.
- Maybe it's the area that I live in or the district that I work in, but our students do not have phones that take the place of a computer. Don't tell me I don't know, because I've been there. I've seen the kids' phones. Some kids have phones that could be used as educational tools, and that's fine, but in no way, shape, or form should students do a project that requires a cell phone. If it's an activity in your curriculum, all students should be able to partake. Educators are charged with readying our students for the world. Does text messaging show up on the "special skills" section? So why not use a computer then?
- Computers are a better investment because they have more legitimate uses, are easily available to multiple students in a building and have more resources already available to teachers. Our district needs to find more ways to enhance or lessons through technology and there are a million more resources and examples of computer uses than cell phone uses.
- There are multiple finance issues that, while Steve tried to calm my fears, I still don't agree with.
I had heard of this story, but hadn't heard that the judge agreed with the ban.
This quote doesn't help a parent's cause:
The parents groups, however, have been arguing that the all-out ban goes too far, making it impossible for them to reach their children in times of major emergencies.Doesn't the school have a phone??? I understand the stalking and bullying aspect, but they added provisions for medical, so there are some loopholes. Also, nice to see some of the comments are more supportive of my position.