Tuesday, September 20, 2011

We've come a long way, baby

My school district is trying something new.  Something innovative and fresh... and ridiculous.  But I'm the only one who thinks so, apparently.

Students can now bring their technology to school and use it.  In class.  While the teacher is talking.  Yes, if you happen to own a laptop or an iPhone or a Kindle or any of the other ebooks or any of those iPad-ish computer thingys... bring them to school with you.  Even if you're five.  Even if you're four.  It's allowed.

It will only help you to succeed in life, you know.  Never mind that I received my Bachelor's Degree without ever even touching a computer... and without ever opening an email.  And without the internet.  We had these really archaic things called 'libraries' to go to.  Imagine that.

So... obviously, the rules had to change in school.  To keep up. 

This email was sent around today:

Attention teachers: Your students may only have one ear bud in their ears during your lessons. Two ear buds in is not permitted. It will be your call if you want your students to use ear buds or not, but if so, only one will be permitted in during instruction.

Uh, really? They can use EAR BUDS? EAR PHONES? DO YOU KNOW WHAT THEY COULD BE LISTENING TO? Sure they only have one in, you say... so they can't really get the full impact of what they are listening to... but neither are they getting the full impact of the teacher's lesson, either.

I don't get it. This would SO not have flown when I was in school.

But then, I didn't even know what a computer was when I went to school.

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Side note - I did have an "ear bud" in once during school. It was during my health class and I knew that my favorite song was about to come on the radio... so... I had my little ear phones in my ear... only one, though, 'cause I didn't want the teacher to know... that I was listening to... my transister radio. Ha! My transister radio! That even makes me laugh...

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