- Jan 2008
- Most Insidious
I fight this battle every day of my life. I have kids in grade 6 and grade 1. Most all the grade 1 kids have iPhones. 600 dollar toys, carried to school by fucking toddlers.
Middle school was different for my son. It started in seventh grade (two years ago). Even then though it was not a huge huge issue. Some teachers actually incorporated them into the classwork, allowing their use for research as an option instead of the classroom laptops. Others used it as a dangled carrot, "if I don't see one phone out this week/day, you can use them during free time after the test on Friday.". The peer pressure of not wanting to ruin it for everyone worked fairly well.
I'm not saying it's perfect or that there are no problems at all. Where we are though I'm not seeing the huge issue and I'm not hearing about it from teachers or administrators as one of their top problems.
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