Monday, June 02, 2008

Coeur d’Alene Teachers: Please Hang Up During Class. Students: WAAAAAAAAAAAH!

My eyes rolled:

Coeur d'Alene School District 271 is considering a policy change that would ban students' use of cell phones from the moment they walk on campus until the final dismissal bell, including during lunch and breaks.

A draft of the proposed policy is making the rounds among the 17 schools in the district.

"Nothing has been decided yet," said Harry Amend, district superintendent. "The district's policy advisory committee is looking at our policy. It's out in the buildings for input right now as part of that process. It will be out there for 30 days."

Some students are very upset about the proposed change.

"I think the school and the school board is being ridiculous with how many policies they are instituting – the school is a strict environment as it is," said Deanna Dotts, 18, a senior at Coeur d'Alene High School. "A kid using a phone in class is not distracting anyone but that student. It's the teacher bringing attention to it that takes away time from the 29 other students in class."

Deanna, sweetie, the fact that you’re distracted matters too. And as a teacher, the idea of the kids texting or talking away during my lessons is just insane.

It gets even more peculiar when you consider that CDA High is an open campus for lunch, so the kids who need their cell time could go off and get it then. Until then, though, asking them to leave the phones in their backpacks or lockers doesn’t seem unreasonable.

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