So Dorchester District 2 is going to let high school students play with their smart phones more.
This is probably a good idea. Ever seen a teenager separated from his iPhone for more than a few minutes? In parlance, OMG.
The school board is set to vote Friday morning on a trial plan to let students use their cellphones between classes and in the lunchroom at three Dorchester 2 high schools. Surprisingly, this request comes from the principals, not the kids - LOL.
Some folks will probably think it's a bit silly to tell teenagers that it's OK to walk around tapping on phones between classes, seeing as how these things are already practically an appendage on many teenagers. #zombies
You can probably hear the arguments against this now.
Kids are in school to learn, not text their buddies.
It never hurt anyone to go a few hours without updating their status on the Facebook.
Miley Cyrus' Twitter feed isn't very educational.
Those are all pretty good points, but sadly they ignore the reality of life today.
Like it or not, smart phones have taken over the planet.
They are addicting, ridiculously so. You'd be hard-pressed to find an adult with one who isn't constantly walking around with their head in a cloud, so to speak.
Yes, a lot of it is stupid. People survived for centuries without checking Twitter to see what their friends ordered for lunch at Pantera Bread. But now we also get the Instagram picture.
But the fact is, a lot of these kids carry phones because their parents want them to. These days everyone feels a lot better knowing they can reach their children any second of the day.
Assuming the knucklehead will pick up, or answer a text. #slackers
Of course, kids can't keep in touch if their phones get confiscated - it's not easy to find a phone booth anymore. And apparently, none of the remaining ones have texting capabilities, which severely limits the average teenager's ability to communicate.
Honestly, if a teenager is carrying a smart phone, odds are they will pull it out when they aren't supposed to. Right now the rule says the teacher confiscates the phone and a parent has to come and get it.
No doubt the principals who suggested this trial run have heard from many parents who don't have time to drive to their child's school to retrieve a Droid.
And frankly, teachers have better things to do than set up phone exchanges with parents every afternoon.
Dorchester 2 principals say a lot of students use their phones as clocks these days.
That's not the half of it. Today smart phones make those Tricorders from Star Trek look about as technologically advanced as an abacus.
Don't know what that is? Look it up on your Samsung. There's an app for it.
Nowadays, phones double as flashlights, cameras, tape recorders and calculators. If students are going to carry them, the schools might engage students a little more if they give them more chances to use those phones for educational purposes, instead of just setting a fantasy football line-up.
Think of it like the iPad project at some local schools. Have kids get calculus calculator apps on their phone for math class, suggest they record their teachers' lectures on that tape recorder app.
Of course, this could be a problem in history class if students clandestinely use their phones as cheat sheets, looking up answers on the Internet. But if they use Wikipedia, a lot of the answers will be wrong. So it all evens out.
Bottom line, this is a trial run. There won't be any permanent damage. If nothing else, the halls will be quieter and there will be less fighting, It's hard to make a fist with a palm pilot.
If this doesn't work out, Dorchester 2 can easily go back to the confiscate-'em rule.
Maybe they could even put a rotary dial pay phone in the hall so kids can call their parents after their phones get taken away.
But then, the schools would probably have to spend weeks teaching them how to use it.
Reach Brian Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org.