My 18 yr old doesnt own a cell phone because she doesnt want to pay for one yet. Prior to being 18 she wasnt allowed to have one. I, along with everyone else in my age bracket, survived without a cellphone. Most people who carry them today could easily survive without one, but either have become addicted to its convenience or they still consider it a status symbol. Could you imagine, back in the day, if we could've brought to school a device that lets you play games or what not? Ya, it wouldve been sweet, but even more so it wouldve been a distraction.
As far as NYers go, I'm not gonna try to delve into their 9/11 psyche. But that was a national tradgedy, not just a NY one. And also, other disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and such happen yearly in other parts of the country and those events are every bit as damaging to the local psyche as I'm sure 9/11 is to NYers. Growing up in Omaha, I never once heard anybody screaming about what would happen if a tornado hit while I was at school. The school would handle things til I could get back in touch with my parents. Dont use 9/11 as an excuse for claiming that your kid needs to bring an electronic toy, er cell phone, to school.
Cell phones are good for emergencies, but people use them all the time. When I was in school no one had a cell phone, and I think things were fine. If I needed a ride, I got on the pay phone and called home. If my parents knew I was going to need a ride later, I went to the pay phone, rang the phone twice, and then hung up to get my quarter back. My parents came to get me after that. It's really an easy system...
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Mercer Boy wrote:Cell phones are good for emergencies, but people use them all the time. When I was in school no one had a cell phone, and I think things were fine. If I needed a ride, I got on the pay phone and called home. If my parents knew I was going to need a ride later, I went to the pay phone, rang the phone twice, and then hung up to get my quarter back. My parents came to get me after that. It's really an easy system...
Most kids these days don't know how to use pay phones.
steelerfan513 wrote:phones are a necessity for many students, especially those who often make last-minute plans with friends to socialize after school.
This doesn't sound like a necessity.
Kids are in school to learn. Cellphones are a distraction. This goes for everything. If I'm in a meeting with work, I politely turn my phone off. I would imagine at a number of jobs, they aren't even allowed. School is to prepare kids for real life. In real life, you have to compromise.
School is not just to learn, it's where the majority of peer-to-peer relationships are formed for kids and is the primary place that kids make friends with other kids.
That is part of learning. Kids learn a lot more than just history and algebra. They learn how to get along with different types of people.
I don't see the need to ban them....Just have the kids turn them off during school or put them on vibrate. At my school as long as the deans and teachers don't see or hear them we can have them in our pocket/backpack. There is no need to completely ban them. And the argurment that "we didn't have them in my day..." is complete BS. Many of you also didnt have computers with complete access to the internet or e-mail or any of those good things, that kids use for school to do research, send in a project to a teacher, or just keep in touch about your grade if it is bad. To be honest cell phones arent that big of a distraction unless the teacher lets it be. If the teacher don't take the cell phone or tell them to turn it off, you have a teaching problem, which causes a cell phone problem!