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  •  of course. (18+ / 0-)

    but in general, I'm pretty sure that 99.999 percent of the time cell phones in school are doing nothing but disrupting an already plummeting educational system...

    there were emergencies in the '80's.  We can handle them.

    •  I get so tired of the "educational system" (22+ / 0-)

      being blamed for the plummeting outcomes.

      How about we start devoting equal attention to the other side of the equation -- the "home system." The system that provides cell phones to students so that they're texting when they should be focusing on classwork. The system that allows them to be using video games and My Space when they should be doing homework.

      In a unit about analyzing data, I had my 7th-grade math students fill out a survey about how they use their time. Typically they spend more  4, 5, 8, 10 (or more) times as many hours on "screen time" -- TV, videos, computers, texting -- per week as on schoolwork.

      I can't speak for the rest of the country, but in my school -- a socioeconomically diverse school in a large urban district -- if students actually pay attention in class and do their classwork and homework, they will get an education that is far superior what was typically available at public schools a generation or two ago.

      My 7th-grade math students are doing things that were taught in 8th grade or high school when I was in school. I took advanced math all through high school, and the highest course available to me was pre-calculus. Today, top students in some high schools take two years of calculus.

      And we've learned much more about the art and science of teaching in the past couple of decades. Only a handful of my middle school or high school teachers would have been able to keep their jobs if they were being evaluated by the standards I'm required to meet -- and I was fortunate to have been a student in one of the top districts in the state.

      Please recognize that the "system" that is failing us educationally is societal, not just the schools.

      Relax - the adults are in charge now.

      by NWTerriD on Sun Jul 26, 2009 at 10:32:47 AM PDT

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