I recently read this news article about New York students and their coping mechanisms. As a high school teacher the losing battle I face every day is that of the cell phone. My students, this generation that has never lived without a cell phone and the ability to plug into the virtual world, cannot stand to part with their technological lifeline. It is how they communicate; social media outlets and texting is usually the sum of their interaction with peers. They cannot stand the thought of not being able to text / message at will. It matters not that cell phones are prohibited in school; they bring them and do what they can when they can.
Students across the city are checking in their phones into strategically placed mobile vans, paying a dollar a day, so they can leave their banned phones close to where they will be during school hours. I was morbidly amused by this article. Why is it so hard for these kids to part with their phones for a few hours? And the kicker, their addiction is making other people a whole bunch of money; from the cell phone companies to the app creators to … individuals that see an absurd need and find a solution. Only in America.