[QUOTE=Brooklyn Jet;4501038]No offense, but Im calling bull****. Kids have been cheating on tests for 30 years. Obviously technology is making it easier to mass distribute the means of cheating, but at the core this is nothing new.
How about the administration and staff making sure kids dont have cell phones while taking tests? Of course, there will be some excuse about "oh no, we cant take away student cell phones!"[/QUOTE]
BINGO! I'm surprised it took this long to BLAME the teachers and administrators! You are so far behind the rest of the country. And yeah, we cant take the phones away from the kids if they dont give it up on their own. Under George Bush's NCLB its referred to as CORPORAL PUNISHMENT and many of the teachers in my school have been brought up on these charges. Now that teachers are so diligently evaluated and ONLY negative things will appear on personal records, what teacher in their right mind would forcefully take a phone from a kid. Even better, other kids take out their phones now and record teachers during situations like this. How'd you like to be on YouTube forever being judged how you forcefully took a phone from a student who would not cooperate? Some of the examples of CORPORAL PUNISHMENT include instructing unruly students stand in the hallway and making physical contact with them in anyway. Its NEVER the students fault in the eye of the administrator who is getting pressure from above to find ways to fire teachers.
In all seriousness though, what would you do? I ask students all the time for their cell phones when they have them out. Some give them to me and others tell me to GFMself. When a teacher is given a phone from the student it is now their responsibility alone. The principal, assistant principal and dean want no part of it. They dont want to be accountable for such an expensive idem. That means after the teacher confiscates the phone its all on the teacher. If anything happens to the phone, the teacher must replace it with their own money. Savvy parents, who have unruly kids and may be disturbed themselves will claim the phone is malfunctioning after the teacher took it from their kid!
Again, after knowing this, what would you do to the next student who has his cell phone out? Would you go all out to confiscate it knowing you have no support? Knowing you might have to replace it with your own money? Knowing that the same kid will have his phone out the next day bc his own parents wont cooperate?
Much easier to sit back and judge the teachers in situations like this. In such a conservative/corporate world where anything union is wrong, how could it be anyone else's fault?