Student Films Principal Fighting Another Student… School Board Bans Mobile Phones
from the what-are-we-teaching-our-children? dept
A few years ago, we wrote a story about some students filming a teacher’s angry outburst in a classroom and putting that film up on the web. Rather than disciplining the teacher for the outburst, the school disciplined the students and banned mobile phones. The lesson? It’s okay for teachers to act inappropriately. It’s not okay for students to reveal that behavior. It seems other schools want to teach that same lesson. The Agitator points us to another school that has banned mobile phones in school after a student filmed the principal in a physical fight with another student. At least in this case, the principal was put on leave. No matter what you think concerning mobile phones in schools, it seems pretty clear that this change in policy was brought about because of the principal getting filmed. If anything, that should be a reason to encourage more students to have mobile phones — so that they can expose inappropriate behavior. Apparently, the school board believes its better to just pretend inappropriate behavior doesn’t exist rather than to document it.