Teacher had a panic attack with MY DROID in her hand

There was another aspect to the original post

In some ways the original post was about the feeling one would get watching someone else wave the phone around like that. If that happened to me, even if I'd done something to deserve having the phone confiscated, I know I'd be be freaking out watching my beloved Droid in danger. My wife and son are always making fun of how much I love the phone. Maybe a lot of us feel that way and thats why we belong to this forum. If you look at that aspect and not the context of how it happened, there could be a whole different discussion. I admit I didn't look at it that way, but it is another interesting topic - devotion to the Droid on part of the owners, and how we feel about it.
 
When I was in school, there's no way I would've put up with that sh*t, I didn't put up with that sh*t...they tried to take my phone away and I wouldn't give it to 'em...so I got to go home the rest of the day... :) simple as that!!
 
Honestly I do agree that it can be disrespectful to the teacher but heres the thing. When students use their cell phone in school they typically try to hide it. Now I know it all depends on the teachers rule towards cell phones, but in any class that I have been students mainly just keep their phone under the desk when using it. To me, I think as long as the student using the cell phone isn't causing a distraction to any other students or teachers, then its fine. I say this because the student is only going to hurt themselves in the long run. Who cares! If the student wants to pay more attention to their cell phone instead of learning, then let them. They'll be the one who pays in the future. I would say 80% of students will pay attention(depends on area where you live though) but you will have those students who do just goof around an play on cell phones. As long as they're not distracting other students or teacher, who cares let them.

Yea that's exactly how I see it. Taking the phone and/or making a scene interrupts the whole class which is way worse.

right, and it really does interrupt the whole class. Most kids are texting if they are using their phone so its not like it should be making any noises or distractions. Personally I think a lot of teachers have insecurity problems and if not EVERYONE is paying attention to them they freak. I understand they deserve the respect from all students but when they make these scenes in class it disrupts the class and the learning. I think if they want to take care of the student they should do so after class. Cause the teacher taking a cell phone in the middle of class is going to cause A LOT more disruption then if they just let that one kid text his/her friend.
 
I woulda told that b**** to give it back or buy me a new one!!! Act like an adult!! Don't sling my Droid around or you're gonna get smacked!!! Just outta pure reflex!!


Your entire statement and act like an adult are in contradiction of each other.

Oh no no no.....she was the teacher, which meant that she is supposed to handle things in a certain way...not the way she did. And that's EXACTLY what I would've done had that been my Droid, not even meaning too...and id probably have an assault charge on me but it would've been an accident...
 
That would be a simple solution

When I was in school, there's no way I would've put up with that sh*t, I didn't put up with that sh*t...they tried to take my phone away and I wouldn't give it to 'em...so I got to go home the rest of the day... :) simple as that!!

Simple is as simple does. Your time in school benefits you, going home for the day does not. A student that does not value learning is not a very good student. True, that covers a lot of teenagers, me too at times when I was a teenager. A few really bright, mature, school-age kids learn that early on. For most of us, its a lesson we learned later than that, sometimes much later.
 
When I was in school, there's no way I would've put up with that sh*t, I didn't put up with that sh*t...they tried to take my phone away and I wouldn't give it to 'em...so I got to go home the rest of the day... :) simple as that!!

Simple is as simple does. Your time in school benefits you, going home for the day does not. A student that does not value learning is not a very good student. True, that covers a lot of teenagers, me too at times when I was a teenager. A few really bright, mature, school-age kids learn that early on. For most of us, its a lesson we learned later than that, sometimes much later.

The fact is, kids don't value their education and will, as a result, lack any real contribution to society. Just wait until they get to college and their prof won't take their pathetic excuses and not only tells them to leave for the day but fails them for the whole class. Have fun taking that several hundred dollar class again because you couldn't turn off your phone!
 
It is very refreshing to see so many people defend the educational system here. Maybe the OP didn't expect his topic to go in the direction it did...which is why it's very important to remember text is one dimensional...it it may not have the same infliction that it would if spoken verbally. Being in my early 40's texting is still a learning process for me, especially when talking with someone younger who grew up with texting...but I have learned the hard way.

I teach in an urban school district and unfortunately we don't have much parental support when it comes to their child's education. They EXPECT the school to teach their child how to behave, tie their shoes, and in some cases, toilet themselves! (Yea you read that right!). We see the kids far more than their parents do each day. Many will get their only warm meals in school, having to fend for themselves at home. The role of the school has had to evolve not by choice, but for the survival of kids. Parenting has become a hobby and not a responsibility (Good parents PLEASE I am not referring this to you. I understand that there are good responsible parents out there). We need a license to drive a car or own a gun, we need to be 21 to drink (some states vary)...but to have a child we need NO EDUCATION what's so ever...the biggest responsibility that there is on Earth, yet there are no regulations for it! To some this is freedom...to me this is mass suicide!

OK...I'm off my soapbox now...to the OP, I understand you never meant this topic in the direction it went in...so is the power of the internet! :) But I hope you do understand: a) why it is a distraction to use your phone in the classroom and b) that you are very fortunate to own such a powerful phone at your age and it is a privilege not a right to have such a device....at ANY age...not just as a minor...
 
It was suppose to just be a laugh not even for people to take it seriously like that.
It was suppose to be more about that my Droid had a close one and not the fact a teacher took my phone or even the fact that it happened at school.

Kdubbjr, I thought it was funny and no I don't think you did anything wrong. People are over reacting.

I'm 45 and went to a upper middle class school (98% white) and kids were listening to walkmans, smoking pot and having sex in and around my school all the time and sometimes even in class.

I don't have kids but my friends kids confide in me all the time, with their parents permission. I only tell if I deem it serious enough, mostly I just keep my mouth shut and listen. Their parents would go ballistic if they knew what was really going on.

Parents today are very ignorant as what their kids lives are actually like. Honestly I don't think most could handle it if they knew.

Edit: Before you guys start. I'm a retired cop so my friends are comfortable with their children talking to me. Kids today are way more mature and responsible than you think. Often they just need a sounding board. They usually make the right decision.

:)
 
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I stand corrected. Age and maturity aren't related :p
 
It was suppose to just be a laugh not even for people to take it seriously like that.
It was suppose to be more about that my Droid had a close one and not the fact a teacher took my phone or even the fact that it happened at school.

Kdubbjr, I thought it was funny and no I don't think you did anything wrong. People are over reacting.

I'm 45 and went to a upper middle class school (98% white) and kids were listening to walkmans, smoking pot and having sex in and around my school all the time and sometimes even in class.

I don't have kids but my friends kids confide in me all the time, with their parents permission. I only tell if I deem it serious enough, mostly I just keep my mouth shut and listen. Their parents would go ballistic if they knew what was really going on.

Parents today are very ignorant as what their kids lives are actually like. Honestly I don't think most could handle it if they knew.

Edit: Before you guys start. I'm a retired cop so my friends are comfortable with their children talking to me. Kids today are way more mature and responsible than you think. Often they just need a sounding board. They usually make the right decision.

:)

Thank You. Finally someone who completely understands.
 
I like this.

An ex-cop telling us that kids these days usually make the right deicison, then goes on to say that sex, smoking pot, and other crap is going on in the classrooms. Thats actually been mentioned a few times in this thread.

Contradict much?
 
I just want everyone to know that I do value my education. I'm almost finished with my 2nd year of college at the moment. With my last couple comments on this topic, I am referring to the petty way most of the faculty of high schools handle issues. At least thats the way it was at my high school. And from the the OP's original story, it looks like that is the way it is among other high schools also. I greatly value my education because without it, I will go nowhere in life. I'm 20 years old and I am majoring in nursing. The thing about the college classes I've taken so far, is that the instructors value the independence and privacy of their students. If the student doesnt take the class seriously, then the instructor fully acknowledges that that is the student's fault and no one else's. High school teachers are not like this from my experience. They strip the students of any independence and give a vibe like "it's my way or the highway". And this causes students to rebel and do things out of line. If the student decides to not pay attention and stay on their phone during class, then thats their fault, let them fail and learn the hard way.
 
I like this.

An ex-cop telling us that kids these days usually make the right deicison, then goes on to say that sex, smoking pot, and other crap is going on in the classrooms. Thats actually been mentioned a few times in this thread.

Contradict much?

And kids ARE GOING TO HAVE SEX AND SMOKE POT AND SHOOT UP HEROIN IF THEY SO CHOOSE!!!! And if they do choose to do so, they are grown up enough to make the right decisions to do it the right way. And yes there is the ones that do do things very stupidly, but the majority can do it the right way if they decide to do something like that....trust me
 
I could care less what they choose but this attitude of, "I will do what I want, and you should let me do it in school" is a load of crap.

Do what you want, at home. At school, follow the rules, or GTFO. Is that so hard for people here to comprehend?
 
I am going to go against the masses here and speak up for the poster here. I am 26 years old and have had 20 years of formal education (including 3 years of graduate school). In those 20 years I have pretty much seen it all. Far too many teachers out there are setting a precident in there classrooms where students aren't required to pay attention in class, and the teacher tries to make adjustments far too late. I have witnessed this exact same scenario far too many times to question if this young man is telling the truth. Simply put, if the teacher made it clear from the beggining that this behavior in class was unacceptable, it would have never come to this. I think that the Baby Boomers and even many of the Gen Xers don't understand the complex nature of the "multi-tasking" era and so instead of trying to understand and possibily implement it, we get people like some of the posters here who try to ban these things all together. I personally think our educational system has the problem, however I will concede that things would be much eaiser if parents would take an active roll.
 
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