Friday, September 17, 2010

FUMBLE – McGUINTY’S CALL ON CELL PHONES IN THE CLASSROOM

This week's perspective from Bob Reid:

I actually feel sympathy for Premier Dalton McGuinty on the whole cell-phones-in-the classroom controversy he found himself in the midst of this week. He was asked about the issue by reporters, after the Toronto District School Board indicated it might re-think its outright ban on the use of mobile phones by kids in class. To his credit, McGuinty didn’t take a position on it one way or the other, saying instead that it might be something worth considering if they can be a useful educational tool and not a distraction. However, the Premier should have known better. Even musing about a controversial issue can land you right smack in the middle of it, and that’s exactly what happened – with the shorthand fast becoming that McGuinty was in favour of ending the ban. Sometimes musing about possibilities can be a useful way for politicians to start a debate or to trial-balloon an idea; but this was just an avoidable mis-step.

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