A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Speechless... but the mighty text message rolls on

I have just had something happen that completely flummoxes me. Perhaps I am just a fossil hopelessly ourt of step with the times, but I think not.

I just had a parent textmessage their child to tell them a very close relative died.

I am appalled. Perhaps I am too sensitive.

But! Can't you get on the phone and call my room and ask to speak to your child or have them called down to the office so that you can tell them something like this in your own voice?

This young person was devastated.

We have a no cellphone rule that I am usually quite the stickler about. However, if a child has a true emergency, I say turn the thing on vibrate and place it up close to your body after checking with me. That's how this young person got the text message.

Well, at least they didn't use emoticons or those ridiculous abbreviations.

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At 10/16/07, 8:15 PM, Blogger Mimi said...

I am horrified!!! Clearly, I love technology and new ways to put ideas out there, but texting your child that someone has DIED!! Sad. That's just sad.

At 10/16/07, 9:44 PM, Blogger Dan Edwards said...

Another example of a parent demonstrating a lack of being a parent. What sort of person would tell a child/young person of someone they loves death in such a cold manner? Sad. Pathetic.

I am beginning to believe that theaters, restaurants, cemeteries, funeral homes, hospitals, churches and other places like these should have cell phone blockers because too many people have failed their test when it comes to being able to shut their damn cell phones off at such places.

Dinosaur? Ms. Cornelia? Hey, I don't even have a cell phone. My computer is as fancy an electronic gizmo as I have ( and its my wifes fault for introducing me to word processing on her old Mac e or some now primative model of home computers )

At 10/17/07, 9:48 AM, Blogger Mrs. Chili said...

I agree 100% with Polski3 - that parent wasn't. If it were our family experiencing this kind of situation, not only would my child hear the news in my own voice, but she'd see my face, too - and I'd be standing by ready to hold her if she needed it. Oh, and she'd be coming home with me, too.

I am sad for the children of heartless and inconsiderate parents.

At 10/17/07, 10:47 AM, Blogger Sam said...

As my husband is in the tech field, my family is pretty wired. That said, we would NEVER text one of our kids with that kind of news. Of course, we would never text our kids in school because their phones are off and in their lockers (isn't that the rule?).

Whatever happened to human contact? That poor kid!

At 10/18/07, 8:54 PM, Blogger Mrs. Bluebird said...

That parent is what my friend Mrs. Bunny calls a SAP - a Stupid Assed Parent.

Jeez. Some kids don't deserve the parents they have. They deserve much better.

At 10/25/07, 7:56 AM, Blogger Tracy W said...

On the other hand, the parent was quite possibly in a state of shock themselves. I know that when my grandma died I wasn't thinking straight for many days.

I feel very sorry for the kid, but I am wary of judging the behaviour of any person who is grieving as right or wrong. Just because someone's a parent doesn't mean they are suddenly perfectly rational beings 100% of the time when it comes to dealing with their children. I don't know anything about this parent, but I think it's quite possible that on a normal day they are loving and considerate and warm to their children.

At 10/28/07, 9:59 AM, Blogger loonyhiker said...

I have had this happen in my class. A student came in late and was given a detention so she texted her mom about it. Mom calls me within 10 minutes so I was surprised. When I asked mom how she found out she told me. I explained my policy and then explained the rules about cell phones. I told her that she was lucky I didn't take the phone away but would next time. If there is a problem in the future, feel free to call me and we would discuss it but the phone would be confiscated so we need to make sure the student does this in an appropriate way.


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