Warning: This post was written in about 10 minutes with a fair bit of emotion. While I’m hoping for clarity, I’m there’s no guarantee.
Update: The story I linked to was from 2007. Someone from the Toronto District School Board was not able to confirm if indeed this policy is now in place. However, I’ll not retract the post as the ideas and arguments remain valid in my opinion. This is not meant so much to attack a particular school district but simply to address the larger issue of cell phone banning that exists in many jurisdictions.
These are the types of decisions that continue to promote the “us vs. them” mentality. What incites me is the reason they give for banning cell phones:
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There’s the disruptive nature of the phone ringing or vibrating during class.
Students can text message each other and send answers about exams, a high tech way to cheat.
They can also access the Internet over the phones, making it too easy to surf or find answers they’re supposed to know while class is in session.
Phones can also act as MP3 players, another interruption.
And the built-in camera capabilities in them have been used