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Texting craze hurting children’s education

Posted: January 18, 2011 7:58 p.m.
Updated: January 19, 2011 4:55 a.m.

I recently had lunch with a retired school counselor who worked at one of the high schools in the Santa Clarita Valley. Talk to a school counselor, and you will have a whirlwind of topics to talk about.

Our conversation got around to texting in the classrooms.

Being that the academic scores of the American student are so much lower compared to other countries, you can see the school counselor’s concern.

The classroom has become a social hall for undisciplined, texting students who have no regard for anyone or anything except themselves.

Texting has to be a most distracting thing for a student and a teacher. It is difficult enough to keep a student focused on the lesson at hand, let alone to battle texting.

Parents have indulged their kids to the point where texting is out of hand. They have made the teacher the problem. The parent is the real problem, and they are depriving their child of a good and proper education.

The parents object if the school wants to stop this madness, claiming that the child needs the cell phone for an emergency.

A point well taken, but they are not insisting that the cell phone is for that purpose only, and not for texting in the classroom.

The schools have tried to take the cell phones away when the rule of not texting in the classroom is ignored. Bless our overindulging parents who believe this is unconstitutional. 

If the students did as well in school as they do with texting, their academic scores would rival those of the other countries.


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