Want More Tech-Savvy Kids: Stop fighting Technology

 

By Tamara Fyke

I have a crazy idea. What if we stopped fighting technology? Instead of punishing our students for bringing their phones to class, what if we allowed their phones? 

I asked my college-aged son his opinion about my idea. He’s an expert, since he’s almost done with his K-20 journey. He pondered my suggestion and then said, “It won’t work.”

“Why?” I wondered, convinced that I was onto something.

“Well, there will be people who will stay on their phones the whole time. “His point was that they wouldn’t listen and learn.

“But what if the reason kids are on their phones so much in school is because they are not allowed to have them?” I continued.

He nodded his head then added, “Like alcohol. Kids want it because they are not allowed to have it.”

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