Mobile phones in schools

Posted: September 1, 2010 in Education, Politics, Technology
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Does anyone else know anything about this policy that was proposed in July to give teachers greater powers to search students and to confiscate mobile phones and music players? I came across an old article (July) about it and there doesn’t seem to be much online about it.

And why aren’t we concerned? A personal search is demeaning and will drive wedges into teacher-pupil relationships. Ever wondered why a lot of people really don’t like airport staff? Yep, that’s right, personal searches.

Teachers and pupils need to have respect and trust in each other to get the best out of the educational system. I’m not saying it’s perfect now (hmep hmep… that’s my sarcastic laugh), but if personal searches are made more widespread it will become worse.

I don’t object too much to the idea of searching for knives and other weapons – although it’s definitely not ideal, it’s better than having weapons on school campuses – but how do teachers arrive at the people to search? They can’t search everyone.

But back to the mobile phones/music players. Yes, they can be disruptive for learning. I’ve done it, most people who’ve been in a classroom since they became widespread have done it. But surely initiatives conceived by both staff and pupils together would be more effective? In one class I did, we had the policy that if you weren’t confident of not using it, you put it in a cardboard box. Then, if a phone not in the cardboard box went off or a music player was discovered being used, it was confiscated. It sounds pretty crap, but it worked. And it was surprising – the classes in which pupils liked and respected the teacher had a very low incidence of device usage.

  1. Pieface says:

    Haha- “hmep hmep”?? 😀

  2. JKBC says:

    Haven’t you heard me using that one before?

  3. Pieface says:

    No… you must demonstrate sometime

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