Friday, March 13, 2015

Cell Phones for All!

It's been 2 weeks since NYC students have been given the privilege to bring their cell phones to school. How has it been in your school and classroom? In mine, it's a complete disaster. Kids here are roaming the large campus building blasting obscene music with wireless, small, powerful portable speaker units. They are filming faked fights to share and post on media sites. They are covertly filming staff and students. (I just read about a teacher being suspended for napping. His nap was recorded by a student.)

Cell phones will be used by students to organize and film real fights. One student told me he won't use the school's restroom anymore because he doesn't want to be filmed on the toilet. The students are sharing their favorite pornography in school. Teachers will have to censor everything they do that could be misconstrued via the cell phone's recorder and camera.
One teacher told me it has forced her to become detached from her student interactions and teaching. This is an outcome that many have not anticipated. A vechile for all types of abhorrent behavior is now in the hands of many immature coddled teenagers. The genie is now out of the bottle.

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