Cell Phone Outlaws
September 15th, 2006

Newly released figures from the Mayors Management Report show that there were 159, 431 arrests during the fiscal year ending in June for talking on cell phones while driving an increase of 19 percent from the year before (and almost 300 percent from three years ago). But what the report does not reveal is an apparent hotbed of cell phone criminality in the metropolitan area — McKee High School on Staten Island. That, anyway, must be the reason why McKee Principal Linda Waite sent a letter to students’ homes warning them that their cell phones (and iPods and CD players) would be confiscated if they brought them to school and would not be returned until parent conferences more than six weeks away! Ban cell phones in the classroom, by all means, says an editorial in the Staten Island Advance entitled Heavy-handed On Cell Phones, but students should be allowed to carry them to and from school and they shouldnt have to wait six weeks to get them back. Like it or not, students, as well as lots of other people, use cell phones to communicate, including with their parents. They’re a necessary evil

By on September 15, 2006, 7:40 am
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One Response to “Cell Phone Outlaws”

  1. Larry Littlefield Says:
    September 15th, 2006 at 9:22 am

    There is a legitimate difference of opinion on whether cell phones should be permitted in schools. The problem, once again, is monopoly and uniformity.

    Let’s say you had three competing school districts, one run by an appointee of the Mayor, one run by an appointee of the City Council, and one run by an appointee of the Borough Presidents. In addition to different management practices, teacher contracts, and curriculum choices, the three districts would probably have different cell phone rules.

    One of two things would happen. Either one way of doing things would prove superior, putting the other districts under pressure to copy it. Or ALL would prove superior because teachers, parents and students would choose the district that gave them what they wanted, making everyone happy.

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