Editorial: Worcester schools find cellphone middle ground

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A proposed new policy for next school year attempts to really put cellphones in their place: under control.

Instead of in high school lockers all day, the phones could be in students’ pockets. During class time, the devices would be silenced, unseen and — presumably — less a point of contention in the crucial big-picture of education.

The amended rules were developed by a standing committee of the Worcester School Committee. Announced last week, they await approval by city officials.

More cell phone access in Worcester schools for students -- is that really a good idea?

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More cell phone access in Worcester schools for students — is that really a good idea?

Cellphones in city schools now are supposed to be kept in student lockers. The turn toward middle ground at the high school level would be an acknowledgement that students are old enough to take responsibility for their devices and to use them respectfully, in consideration of the rules and of their environment.

The amended policy also aligns with life as it’s lived now.


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