Time to phone a friend? - Sentinel & Enterprise

SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / BRETT CRAWFORD Leominster High School freshmen Olivia Bennett, 14, and Tori Dougherty, 15, talk about how students may use text messages to cheat. Full Story
teach

Sterling, MA

#2 Jun 29, 2009
Parents know that students are not allowed to use cell phones during the school day, especially during class. Tell me then, why do they text/call their child during those hours. It is common for students to have a phone ring, during class and they want to answer it because it is their parent. The teacher is then the bad guy if he takes the phone away or sends it to the office. What ever happened to the parent calling the office if there is an emergency and leaving a message there for their child?
Marie P

Concord, MA

#3 Jun 29, 2009
Please...My son would tell me that if you looked around his classroom, kids were texting all the time...None of them ever got caught...It happens in all the schools because he even would text other friends in other schools to talk to them...I'm really not sure what the solution is...

I'm not sure if I agree that kids shouldn't have them on their person during school hours though...FHS bans them and I kinda think that if there were a shooting or something in the school, it would be better if the kids had their phones so that they could call out for help or they could call their parents to say they are ok...Hopefully a shooting won't ever happen, but you never know...
Old School

Boston, MA

#4 Jun 29, 2009
Off with their hands!!!!!!!
You cant be serious

Leominster, MA

#5 Jun 29, 2009
Marie P wrote:
Please...My son would tell me that if you looked around his classroom, kids were texting all the time...None of them ever got caught...It happens in all the schools because he even would text other friends in other schools to talk to them...I'm really not sure what the solution is...
I'm not sure if I agree that kids shouldn't have them on their person during school hours though...FHS bans them and I kinda think that if there were a shooting or something in the school, it would be better if the kids had their phones so that they could call out for help or they could call their parents to say they are ok...Hopefully a shooting won't ever happen, but you never know...
If there was as shooting? DUCK...and quit making excuses for being an inconsiderate AH. You probably think its alright to talk on the phone ina restaurant too. I will admit I am not too old to remember the phone ringing at supper time and my mom telling me if I answer it I am going to get a slap. What's wrong with people? Take the phones away and teach you kids some respect.
Lame Tests

Fiskdale, MA

#6 Jun 29, 2009
If a question on a test is so simplistic that a text-messaged answer will suffice as an answer, then there is something wrong with the teacher. Get a clue and develop a test that is worth taking.
not just texts

Leominster, MA

#7 Jun 29, 2009
It's not just texting answers that is causing a problem. Many times students will use the electronic device to take a picture of the test itself. Even if a teacher scrambles the questions/answers, or makes a "test worth taking," how are they to address that problem? At least by banning the phones, the issue becomes cut and dry. If a phone is out during school hours it gets taken away.
Marie P

Concord, MA

#8 Jun 29, 2009
Hey AH...I never said that they should have them for certain...i said I didn't know what the solution should be...And I am most certainly not one who talks on the phone in restaurant and such...In fact, I only turn my phone on when I need to make a call from away from home or to check in with the family...I do not use it to just chit chat over whatever I feel like talking about at the time...I also come from a time when there wasn't answering machines or call waiting and if you weren't home, ohh well, you would miss the call...I am not a fan of cellphones but I think that it doesn't hurt for people to have them on their person in case of an emergency...It is no different than my family and I just giving my elderly father one in case something happens to him when he's on the road...We hope nothing happens to him, but you never know...Stop being a judgemental jerk and look at it from all sides...
You cant be serious wrote:
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If there was as shooting? DUCK...and quit making excuses for being an inconsiderate AH. You probably think its alright to talk on the phone ina restaurant too. I will admit I am not too old to remember the phone ringing at supper time and my mom telling me if I answer it I am going to get a slap. What's wrong with people? Take the phones away and teach you kids some respect.
Ihearyou

Worcester, MA

#9 Jun 29, 2009
It is a tough problem for sure. Aside from frisking the students- it's next to impossible to stop them from bringing their cell phones to class.
not just texts wrote:
It's not just texting answers that is causing a problem. Many times students will use the electronic device to take a picture of the test itself. Even if a teacher scrambles the questions/answers, or makes a "test worth taking," how are they to address that problem? At least by banning the phones, the issue becomes cut and dry. If a phone is out during school hours it gets taken away.
hating the rain

Clinton, MA

#10 Jun 30, 2009
why can't they ban cell phones?
Ban the things

Belmont, MA

#11 Jun 30, 2009
I'm sorry but they don't need them in school. PERIOD. Even if there is a shooting. Yes, I would want to know if my child were safe, but then let the teacher have one in the classroom.
School shootings are, thankfully, few and far between and I'd rather see a ban on cell phones than cheating students or a distracted classroom. Are we so afraid of saying 'no' to our kids that we can't actually ban something in school? They are there to learn not to chat with mommy.
Ban the things

Belmont, MA

#12 Jun 30, 2009
Ihearyou wrote:
It is a tough problem for sure. Aside from frisking the students- it's next to impossible to stop them from bringing their cell phones to class.
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Then it's the PARENT'S responsibiilty to see that they leave them at home.
Parent

Schaumburg, IL

#13 Jul 1, 2009
None of these kids have phones if the parents don't buy them. Take some responsibility. My 16-year-old doesn't want a cell phone, and I applaud him for that.
dan Leominster

Leominster, MA

#14 Jul 6, 2009
Let them cheat, the teachers union encourages it. They can become layabout Leominster union school teacher someday and fit in just fine. We don't need no stinkin' edumacation were from Leminstah!

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