“France's education chief says that when students go back to school next fall, all mobile phone use will be banned in schools for students roughly 15 and younger,” writes Laurel Wamsley in their recent NPR article entitled “France Moves To Ban Students From Using Cellphones In Schools.”
Wamsley’s article explains that "these days the children don't play at break time anymore; they are just all in front of their smartphones, and from an educational point of view, that's a problem,’ Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said, according to The Telegraph.”
"We are working on this issue, and it can take different forms,’ Blanquer said. ‘You may need a mobile phone, for example for educational purposes, for emergency situations’ so perhaps the phones can be confined to lockers,” Wamsley continues.
According to the NPR piece, “The French educational code has banned using phones in class in elementary schools and secondary schools since 2010. As a result, phones are supposed to be kept in students' backpacks.”
“But apparently that's not what happens,” she writes.
We understand the frustration France’s education chief and faculty face.
But, this message also frightens us.
A cellphone confined to a locker; that only helps in minor emergencies.
What about the severe emergencies that require real-time communication? You know, active shooters, BOLOs, and all other that need proactivity.