In October, there was the incident at Spring Valley High School, SC in which an officer slamming a student on the floor over cellphone use.
It was excessive use of force and there is not excuse for the officer’s actions.
But in the aftermath of the incident, because of the officer’s action, I think another discussion that could have occurred simply got ignored: is it OK for students to use cellphones while class is going on?
Do you want to be the teacher standing there talking when one or more students keep using their cellphone?
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I don’t think it is OK. It is disrespectful and disruptive. If they are not interested in listening to the class, they should leave so as not to disrupt the class. I don’t think it is a matter of the teacher giving an interesting enough class so that students aren’t tempted to use their cellphones.
Universal restriction of cellphone use is unrealistic. Emergencies can happen. Dangers, such as school shootings need to be notified.
And shouldn’t students know that it is not OK without been told by teachers? Isn’t that something that they should learn at home, that not paying attention to someone who is speaking to them at any point in time is rude, not just in classrooms but anywhere and by anyone?