March 26th, 2008


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on teens and technology... - graffiti.maverick

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[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: March 27th, 2008 - 05:49 pm (Link)
I call bullshit on the confiscating property thing. If you're hanging out at my house and I hear your cell ringing in your purse and I take it and say "you can have it back whenever your mom comes to get it." that's stealing and you'd be pissed. The fact that you're an adult and not a teen has no relevance. The fact that we're not in school has no relevance. I've taken something that belongs to you in defiance of your permission. It's wrong.

As Mike's article points out, the problem is we as people don't always recognize changing cultura trends Schools are more guilty of this than anyone. When I was in jr. high, they had us memorizing SIN and COS tables because "you won't always have a calculator available when you need to do this." I said "sure I will." Big argument. History has proven me correct. Not only do I very very very infrequently care what the SIN of an angle is at all, in 2008, the likelihood that I am more than 15 feet away from a non-calculating device at any time of any given day is effectively nil. In actuality, what should have been important is learning how those things worked. Learning why. The actual lesson plan, however, was a vestige of a much earlier time.
[User Picture]From: marmal8 Date: March 27th, 2008 - 11:11 pm (Link)
And I call bullshit on your argument that age and location have no relevance. Children are not adults. If they are making a choice that is disruptive to the learning process, a consequence needs to be applied. If they are not disrupting the learning process then I really don't care if they have a cell phone or not. I've certainly never gone into or would ever go into someone's backpack, purse, pocket or other conveyance to take their property. Why would I need to? Cell phones that are away and quiet are not a disruption.

Moreover, parents have given their permission for us to take cell phones, laser pointers, PSPs and do-rags away. It's called school policy. They don't like it, they can take their kids elsewhere or elect a mayor who appoints a schools chancellor who makes a different policy. People should perhaps read the the school policies before signing the sheet that says they've read them and agree to them. Go and argue about it before signing and agreeing, and before your kid gets caught.
 

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