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Wed Oct 28, 2015, 02:31 PM

Would it be legal if a teacher had a basket on his/her desk

and demanded that kids turn off their phones and place them in the basket during class?

It seems to me that this would be a better plan, and might be accepted by kids as well, since the phones would be given back when class was over.

I can understand that a phone might be necessary in case of an emergency, but do students have the right to walk around totally oblivious to the purpose of school??

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Reply Would it be legal if a teacher had a basket on his/her desk (Original post)
SoCalDem Oct 2015 OP
jeff47 Oct 2015 #1
hollysmom Oct 2015 #2
KamaAina Oct 2015 #3
sharp_stick Oct 2015 #4
SoCalDem Oct 2015 #5
alphafemale Oct 2015 #16
Fla_Democrat Oct 2015 #19
valerief Oct 2015 #6
Igel Oct 2015 #7
valerief Oct 2015 #13
NYC Liberal Oct 2015 #17
valerief Oct 2015 #18
NYC Liberal Oct 2015 #20
jmowreader Oct 2015 #8
Brickbat Oct 2015 #9
SoCalDem Oct 2015 #10
mcar Oct 2015 #11
Township75 Oct 2015 #12
Bucky Oct 2015 #15
Bucky Oct 2015 #14

Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 02:38 PM

1. Depends on the district.

In the district where my sister teaches, the kids are allowed to have their phone but only if they use it to further an educational purpose. For example, googling something or looking at a homework assignment.

She has a box labeled "iJail". If she catches a kid using their phone for any other purpose, it goes in the box until after class.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 02:44 PM

2. 30 years ago, my B-I-L used to take kids cigarettes as ransom to loan them pencils,

they never seemed to have pencils to take notes or what ever, loose paper he felt was something he had to give them, so he paid for it, since the school was very bad on supplies.
He would return it when they gave the pencil back.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 02:45 PM

3. I'm sure it would be legal

 

but as mentioned above, might run afoul of district policy.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 02:50 PM

4. This teacher

uses a cell phone storage thing as an attendance marker.

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 02:52 PM

5. That's an even better idea

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 05:19 PM

16. Would be better if it were not see through.

Then it is not glaringly obvious who has a cheaper/older vs newer/more expensive phone.

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 05:28 PM

19. Saw this the other day......








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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 03:12 PM

6. Are there signal jammers that would work? That way the kids keep the phones.

They just don't work in the classroom.

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Response to valerief (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 03:49 PM

7. Last I checked they were illegal in the US.

Used in other countries in places like restaurants or movie theatres, and posted. But here it's a federal offense (at least 3 years ago).

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Response to Igel (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 05:12 PM

13. Guns in school are okay, but signal jammers aren't. That America for you. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #13)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 05:21 PM

17. Hey, you need the cell phones to call 911 when the next gun nut goes on a rampage.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Reply #17)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 05:22 PM

18. They have land lines in schools. Besides, isn't that what the violent cops in schools

are for?

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Response to valerief (Reply #18)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 05:42 PM

20. Just being a little tongue-in-cheek. But yes, the Rambo wannabes would love

to have a shoot out, no doubt.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 04:07 PM

8. The kids would go apeshit

There are plenty of mobile-enabled websites the kids are using to look up answers to test questions. Go to the Science categories on WikiAnswers and you'll see plenty of "which of the five elements in Table A weighs x grams per mole?" questions. Take away Junior's phone and he might actually have to learn something.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 04:14 PM

9. "Do students have the right to walk around totally oblivious to the purpose of school?"

Better make sure they don't socialize at all, then; that's what they're doing on those phones.

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #9)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 04:20 PM

10. During class, they should be learning..Socializing is fine when they are NOT in class



This cell phone addiction thing is getting out of hand..

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 04:21 PM

11. That's what many teachers in our district do

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 04:42 PM

12. What does the teacher do if a student does not comply?

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Response to Township75 (Reply #12)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 05:16 PM

15. I call the parents of my 10th graders over and over till they take their cellphones away

It's a losing battle, of course. That's time I could spend grading or planning instead. The job is definitely getting harder.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Wed Oct 28, 2015, 05:15 PM

14. Real teacher here: most of my colleagues gave up years ago trying to stop cell phones in class

There's actually some on-line stuff that you can do to get kids engaged by using their cell phones. It's substandard education, but we're trying to hold back a flood of stupid these days. Any gimmick that works is welcome.

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