Originally Posted by Flem274*
Lol, considering how inept the average school is at tackling traditional bullying, giving them powers to search through personal items will end in tears.
"But Massey University researcher Anne Ryan, who has studied bullying, said neither the restorative justice nor punitive approach would eliminate the problem."
This this statement from an expert gives you some indication of why. I might be reading it wrong, but she seems to basically be saying do nothing. Meanwhile she's got some bleeding heart rhetoric going about power struggles within schools and how the school's reinforcing that...couldn't possibly be the student doing the bullying's fault. There are always power struggles within schools when it comes to students, it's called being a teenager.
Students who bully other students do it because they can get away with it. And they do it at times when they're most likely to come out on top (i.e surrounded by a group of mates). The internet just means they can bully without any physical repercussions.
As far as laptops and phones in school go, I reckon the former are only slightly necessary and the latter totally unnecessary. Students should be made to hand in their phones in the morning and get them back in the afternoon. You don't need a phone at school. Here in Australia some students, who already had a laptop, got another one apparently when the government started handing them out...what the **** are you going to do with two laptops?
And don't get me started on giving out iPads...they're a luxury, not something every student needs to complete their education. If you have a laptop you don't need an iPad.
Technology is obviously something that's important to younger people's skills development, but it creates a ****ing nightmare in the classroom. Although it's possible it decreases the likelihood of a kid getting bored in class and making a ****wit out of themselves, it means teachers spend more time making sure students are doing what they're actually supposed to be doing and not ****ing around on the internet.
I have this problem in my classes, and apparently I teach adults. I teach a classes filled with Pavlovian dogs - every time they hear a tone they madly fumble for their phone as they simply must answer any message they get immediately.
(Probably should have taken this to 'What Grinds Your Gears' halfway through...)