Greg Mitchell introduces his post with what may be an all-to-familiar scenario:
“Now everyone, copy down all of these notes as you will need them for Friday’s mock exam,” instructed the teacher with a sweeping gesture across a whiteboard covered with neat black writing.
It was a simple enough direction for a Year 10 English class. However one student didn’t seem to believe it applied to him.
“Which part of ‘everyone’ don’t you get?” his teacher quizzed, using his second best sneering technique.
“Oh,” the student grunted, coming back into orbit with a bump. He fished deep in his pocket and produced his well-worn mobile phone.
Click! Click! Click!
“I’ve just emailed them home,” he said, peering into the screen. “What do you want me to do now?”
“Give me your phone,” the teacher replied, ramping up to the sneer he reserved for road rage, “It’s confiscated!”
Is this scenario a familiar one?
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