Turtlegram: A new cellphone policy in the Worcester public schools is not getting a ringing endorsement from students, who are frustrated by what they see as a crackdown on the devices during the school day. The new rules, which went into effect for the school year that began on Monday, on the surface appear to loosen the old restrictions, which required students to keep their phones in their lockers throughout the school day. Now, students are allowed to keep their phones with them, as long as they’re powered off and out of sight. Teachers can even allow students to use their phones during class for educational purposes at some high schools.
I know a lot of people think kids shouldn’t be allowed to have cell phones in class at all, but I for one applaud teachers who infuse technology into their classrooms. God knows that schools are drastically underfunded, and the fact that we’re still teaching kids using 20 pound textbooks is archaic. There is a world of information available to kids at the palm of their hands. Smartphones are AMAZING!! But instead of using them for that purpose kids are using them to write meaningless shit on Instagram and send dick pics to girls who definitely don’t wanna see dick pics.
Picture being a teacher in a classroom and you’re teaching kids about some boring thing that they could care less about. You could bring them to your school’s computer lab for them to work on an interactive lesson, if only said computer lab existed. So you tell them to whip out their phones and go on Youtube and explore the topic you’re teaching about. That way the learning is in their hands and you’re working on their wavelength. If you were a kid would you rather learn about the Civil Rights Movement by reading about it in a textbook or watching police beat up peaceful protesters? What do you think makes the experience more real and educational?
The mere fact that teachers are embracing this should make kids happy. But as usual they’re whining about it:
But students have lamented the stronger enforcement of the policy, which allows school staff to confiscate phones from offenders. Students have taken to social media to criticize the School Department. After school on Tuesday, several students said they felt the new policy is too heavy-handed.
Oh you can’t use your cell phone to see what the person next to you ate for breakfast this morning? Cry me a river. Billions of people before you managed to graduate from high school without having to go on social media to keep themselves occupied.
“I think it’s kind of bogus,” said Luc Nguyen, a junior at Burncoat High School. “It’s not like we always have it on. And they banned it at lunch, too, which is unfair.”
This is why I’m glad Turtleboy Jr. will never be a teenager. Because I wouldn’t be able to not call him a dumbass if he ever said something like this to the “newspaper.” It’s unfair? Just no. Ya know what’s unfair sunshine? The fact that your teacher gets evaluated based on your performance in his or her class. The fact that they have to go to work every day and deal with ungrateful kids who think they’re being “unfair” for trying to run a classroom with rules. The fact that kids like this from Oxford High School secretly tape their teachers in the classroom and send it to Turtleboy on Twitter in hopes that we will publicly humiliate them and get them fired:
Or this kid who secretly recorded his teacher walking into class every day saying “hello”
Alright, that’s pretty funny. But they still didn’t have the teacher’s permission to tape him like that. If a teacher EVER secretly taped a student in class they’d be fired in a heartbeat.
“I understand the purpose, but it’s a major inconvenience,” said Sam Callery, also a junior at Burncoat. While cellphones were supposed to be out of sight in years past as well, “It was more like, ‘Just put it away,’ ” she said. “Now they’ll take it.”
“It’s a major inconvenience.” That quote right there sums up everything that is wrong with this generation of whiners. You live in the wealthiest country in the world, and you have literally everything handed to you. The taxpayers pay for buses to come to your house to pick you up. We all wait in traffic as you take your sweet time getting on and off the bus. We pay for your food if you can’t afford it. We’re constantly looking for better ways to provide this free education to you, and you’re sitting here telling us about how you’re “majorly inconvenienced.” Oh, you poor thing, you.
Newsflash – they should’ve been taking your phones a long, long time ago. Telling you to “put it away” is clearly not a deterrent, because you can just take it out five minutes later. Why wouldn’t you? What’s the worst they could do? But if they take your phone, make you bring it to the office, and then have Mommy or Daddy come and pick it up, then you’re gonna think twice about ever doing that again. Because that would mean that Mommy or Daddy would be inconvenienced, and they’d probably think twice about letting their rule-breaking kids have an iPhone.
Maureen Binienda has been the superintendent of the Worcester Public Schools for about five minutes and they’re already looking a million times better. Probably because unlike Melinda Boone she’s actually worked in schools her entire career and understands what is REALLY going on. Looks like the Turtleboy Sports Revolution is a force for good after all.
P.S. I know a lot of people think this is some brilliant idea that will work:
But obviously it won’t. Any kid with a brain would just deny that they have a cell phone on them and keep it in their pocket.
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