I have written how Bill de Blasio's ill-advised decision to allow students to bring cellphones into the schools have resulted in more unsafe schools. More importantly, far too many school administrators refuse to discipline students who use there cellphones in the hallways and classrooms of the schools. Instead they demand that teachers enforce the almost unenforceable cellphone policy without direct administrative action. The result is that most teachers eventually give up trying to seriously discipline the students when given no support by parents, students, and school administrators. Finally, the revised student discipline code makes it just about impossible for schools to suspend students who refuse to turn over or put away their cellphones and be insubordinate to teachers.
Student cellphone use in the classroom is educational neglect as students are distracted by looking and/or using their cellphone in class instead of taking down notes or listening to the teacher. Moreover, here are some of the major problems that students with cellphones in school cause.
- Bullying or harassing other students, or simply distracting students and teachers, with text messages or calls
- Cheating by sending, getting, or taking pictures of test questions or answers
- Taking inappropriate pictures of themselves, or secretly taking pictures of others, and sending them to classmates
- Involvement in various kinds of crimes, such as gang-related activities or buying or selling illegal drugs
- Setting up teachers by antagonizing them and recording their reaction for potential firing.