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  • 레이 (Ray)Dec 3, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I find that this is one of the most pointless rules I’ve ever had to adhere to. Personally, I don’t have a cellphone, but my I-pod means everything to me. Many teachers of mine find this policy useless and though they do enforce they don’t like it either. Bag and Tag is not only electronics at this point, hoods, and hats are being bag and tagged. I once saw a girl in the beginning of the year getting her hoodie bag and tagged. A cellphone has use in a classroom, it can be used for it’s calculator, checking the time, Google something or another. Quite frankly this policy is more controlling than helpful for most students. We are in fact old enough to know the difference between right and wrong. So why can’t we make the decision of how to best utilize the education we’re getting by ourselves?

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    Sarah ScottOct 31, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I’ve nearly been bag and tagged for taking my phone out to check the time while walking in the hallway. Honestly, I think that is ridiculous. We are living in the 21st century and no teacher can deny that they have used their phones during the school day to check the time or do other various things aside from social communication.

    In another article, Dagney was quoted in saying that teachers don’t have to follow the policy because they are adults. That just sends a broad mixed message to the student body. Clearly if teachers don’t have to follow the rules, and they are the ones enforcing and teaching them, then we don’t have to either.

    Now, I am smart enough to know better. Texting during classroom instruction is rude, yes. But for all the bragging rights South apparently has (anyone recall the Juniors auditorium the other day?) we should be treated as responsible young adults like the administration claims we are.

    There should be times when electronic devices are allowed.

    As for the hat/clothing policy, the Yankees hat a kid is wearing is just as distracting as the matching full body Pajama sets that the swim team/other sports teams sometimes wear. Do they plan on banning that too?

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    AliciaOct 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    In my opinion, the bag and tag policy should ONLY be for kids who are texting IN CLASS. Not for those checking the time then putting their phone away. I would be grateful if South High had the same policy as Roosevelt, Students are allowed to use cell phones during passing time and at lunch. WHY CANT WE?

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    madhandsOct 11, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I think this policy is unreasonable. If a kid is listening to their i-pod or texting, 99% of the time it is discreet and isn’t bothering anyone else. Libby herself said it’s not distracting, so if it’s not distracting, why do you care? Why not worry about your own education and stop worrying about what everyone else is doing?

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    Melinda BennettOct 8, 2010 at 4:14 am

    I have to admit that I absolutely LOVE the results of the Bag and Tag policy. I haven’t seen a single cell phone or Ipod in my classroom all year…..and it’s been wonderful. In the past few years electronic use has been an increasing encroachment on the learning that happens in my classroom. The least successful students (meaning NOT passing the class) are often the most likely to be texting or secretively listening to music during a class activity, tuning out the lesson. Any sort of redirection back to the class activity results in time-consuming confrontation and inevitable nastiness on both the part of student and teacher.

    That said, I believe that we as a school need to revisit the intent behind the policy. If our goal as a learning community is to educate students for the 21st century, we have to admit that technology is a part of that education. After “bag and tag” we need to educate. We need to concretely teach students appropriate and responsible use of technology and how it can enhance the classroom experience rather than detract from it. Texting during an academic lesson is disrespectful. Listening to music while a classmate is presenting is downright rude. I want to be part of a learning community that supports the value of technology while teaching is proper and appropriate use.

    Thank you, Southerner staff, for allowing me a forum to share my ideas!