I never thought
I would ever say this, but kudos to Doug Ford and the Ontario
Just to add a
caveat, there a lot of things I don’t like about the Ford
government. In fact, the list is too long to write here
or else I would run out of space. But their decision to
ban cell phones from the classroom starting next fall is
bloody brilliant. It should have been done eons ago when
the first kid was caught checking his Instagram messages
in biology class.
is a scourge and it’s too tempting for any teenager to have
a smartphone in a classroom and not be expected to check
their messages while the teacher has their back turned.
In fact, if it
were up to me, they would be banned from school property
entirely, along with calculators up to Grade 11 and only
if they are needed for calculus, trigonometry and advanced
It’s about time
our schools got back to the basics. And don’t give me that
BS that your child needs to have a cell phone so you can
get a hold of them in an emergency. You can get a hold of
them the old fashioned way – by calling the school office.
The staff will be more than happy to pass on your message.
I know it might
be hard for anyone under the age of 25 to believe this,
but there was a time when we didn’t have smartphones and
tablets, or even Facebook. And those of us who lived through
those times managed to get through our courses, pass our
exams and graduate without them quite fine, thank you very
the subject, I came across a study that was done on the
pros and cons of allowing the use of smartphones at school.
Among the findings was the claim that students who use smartphones
in the classroom were more likely to “feel smart”, be happier
and show interest in their subjects than students who didn’t
have smartphones. The catch is that the finding was the
result of student survey. They asked a bunch of high school
students if having a smartphone in school helped them feel
smart, be happier and show a greater interest in their subjects.
If the response wasn’t a 100 per cent in favour I would
question the veracity of the survey.
I’m sure you
would get the same response if you offered them a $50 per
diem for going to class.
Since when did
you have to feel smart, be happy and show an interest in
your subjects in order to do well at school? And why on
earth does anyone need a smartphone and access to the Internet
in order to feel smart and be happy?
When you start
to measure your happiness by a high tech barometer, you
know you’re in trouble.
They call it
social media, but in fact Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat
are incredibly antisocial. We are raising an entire generation
who will have lost the art of holding an intelligent conversation.
Any effort to reverse that trend, or at least delay it,
is okay with me.