Thursday, December 10, 2009

APS cell phone ban misses the point.

The problem is not cell phones; the problem is that students
will not obey rules about how and where they can be used.

The point is; students in the APS no longer obey adults.

When they are told to put their phones away during class,
they don't.

Rather than deal with the fact that adult authority over students
has evaporated, leading to a subsequent collapse in student
discipline in schools, the leadership has decided to ban cell phones, link.

The leadership of the APS doesn't want to deal with the facts.
Students no longer recognize the authority of adults over kids.
They don't want to deal with the collapse of student discipline.
They don't want to deal with either, because they are
responsible for both.

No surveys have been done, or will ever be done, that qualify
and quantify that data surrounding student discipline issues.
Considering the impact of student discipline issues on other
students and on staff, there would have to be a pretty good
reason to not explore the issue and design some solutions.

There is no pretty good reason. There is only one;
it is self serving and entirely indefensible.


Anonymous said...

And many offensive parents text and call their student-kids during class hours.
These kids learn the lack of respect from someone.
Parents have to show some sense and respect too!

Anonymous said...

Check out the comments on KOB about this issue. Some of these "parents" have already stated that "their" kids will be carrying cell phones no matter what APS decides.
This is exactly where we need to concentrate. I really don't care if the 'darlings' are carrying their phones or not. But if they make it a rule,they had better enforce it. So, with past behavior the surest indication of future behavior, this latest rule will not be enforced either. So what is the point?
At my school most teachers do not enforce any rules anymore because if they send the rule breakers to the office, nothing happens, and the kids retaliate against the teacher who sent them. The administration then comes down on the teacher for not dealing directly with the problem themselves. No win situation. So don't make another rule that no one can enforce. What exactly are we teaching these "too precious children" if we do?

Anonymous said...

Parents complain about the rules, and raise hell to admin that "sure my kid broke the rules, but the written rules don't say exactly what....".
Many stupid ass parents want to play lawyer with the admin and the rules. This empowers the child to bad behavior and mimic their parents laweyer-like attitudes towards all authority: teacher, principles, security, cops.
We are a nation of a lot of whiners and complainers now, people that don't care about right and wrong, only how to get themselves out of a jam they are guilty of creating.
It's a disease-attitude in the school, and no one seems to have a solution.