Would you please provide a valid link to "the bill presented at a state level which proposed all recording devices include a remote kill switch that would be under the control of government officials" or are you late for your tea party meeting?
Cut the cord this week. Between hulu, netflix and over the air (picture on local channels is just as good) I have more tv then I need. I got no football games this weekend and it seemed to be a 3-day weekend with all the time I had! Switched to DLS and have had no problem with speed. $65 month (old time phone and internet) as opposed to $160 (cable, phone and internet) is a no-brainer.
The day after I switched,the cable company called and offered me a better deal. I told them no but didn't get the specifics. The day after that, they came and did something to the box outside. I had already turned in the hardware.
The hometown paper where I lived went to a paid subscription. I have many friends there and it was nice to be able to keep up with the news. They went to a paid ($185 US per year) but will give you access if you subscribe to the print edition. Needless to say, I no longer look at the newspaper,or their ads, and catch up with the news via other sources.
I emailed the editor my concerns and he hasn't replied. The toothpaste is out of the tube! Why doesn't anyone realize that?
Sure, blame the teacher......while there are some poor ones out there, your "zoning out" smacks of professional irresponsibility - yours. Everyone is quick to blame teachers who don't make it, but is possible that some percentage of students (10? 50? 76.5?) are culpable?
I also give no weight to the cheating argument. a) make your tests so it's more trouble to cheat than to do the work or b) don't give meaningless "A,B,C, or D" tests that only judge memorization, a skill that's becoming as irrelevant as repairing wagon wheels.
Let them bring ipods/phones/etc; then ask them to use their phones to explain why the United States got involved in the First World War, what the effect be of too much carbon is in the atmosphere, or if a train leaves Philadelphia at noon traveling at 70 miles an hour and another leaves Minneapolis at 2:30 going 67.983 miles an hour, which one will reach St. Louis first and by how much? (I actually want to find out this one!)