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FRONT PAGE  |  2/28/2020
TUESDAY, JAN 21, 2020  |  4 comments
Schools Took Away Students’ Phones. Now They’re Treating Separation Anxiety
Before class each day, a high-school teacher in Indianapolis grabs a clear plastic bag and fastens it to her waist with a ribbon. The homemade pouch is a repository for phones that are either confiscated or handed over voluntarily by students who don’t want to be tempted to tap or swipe during class.

She calls it the “phoney pack,” and the magic of the makeshift vault isn’t that it keeps devices out of reach. It’s that it lowers students’ anxiety by keeping their phones in view.

Smartphones have long been a scourge for teachers and administrators, who have employed a range of strict measures to keep them out of the classroom. But it turns out that getting rid of phones introduced another distraction: withdrawal pangs.

Now, teachers across the country are testing their own methods for managing their students’ phone-related angst. Some use lockable pouches that let students hold their phones ...


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Joel | Pensacola  Find all comments by Joel
I’ve been thinking of ditching my IPhone 7+ and getting a tiny dumb phone that just does talk and text and gets better cell coverage, but it dawned on me that these dumb phones can’t pull up SermonAudio. I think I’ll just have to just keep the smart one. Oh well.
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Adriel  Find all comments by Adriel
I stopped carrying a mobile phone when I saw the size of the phone book!!
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Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
The problem is addiction. "Separation anxiety" is a more pleasant way of saying withdrawal.
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That Guy | Virginia  Find all comments by That Guy
Take away their iPhones, and then give them iPads with their books on there.

Sounds like a perfectly lunatic plan to me. Lets do it.

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