Cellphones are a crutchExcept for the fact that blocking wireless phone signals is illegal, I agree with this guy. Advocates say that the information is out there, let kids access it and then they can think about it. I assert that true critical thinking, which is what every teacher says they want students to be able to do, can only take place when the student has a large base of knowledge already in his/her head and can draw on that information for integration, contrasting, or elucidating. Merely looking up information when you need it? What motivation would there be to learn it?
Regarding the article about cellphones in the classroom (March), cellphones are a crutch. Have students use their brain, not their fingers texting for answers.
I contacted Sprint, and for two cellphones with a two-year contract it only costs $150 a month. If I add apps it costs more. As a retired teacher, I can't afford one. What about the children whose parents work for minimum wage--are they the toss-away kids left to beg and borrow from rich kids to learn something in school?
I can just see the teacher distributing a test. Cellphones click to take a picture for another outside friend and everyone gets 100! Think of all the 4.9 grade point averages sent to colleges. Throw away the damned cellphones, install a filter to stop the transmissions in the school, and go back to teaching. What happens if the battery is dead on their cellphone and these kids have to think for themselves?
Too often we do kids a disservice with these silly fad ideas that pop up.