Mobile distraction

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 January, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 January, 2001, 12:00am

The article on Dr Mel Levine about his 'revolutionary' ideas on education (South China Morning Post, January 10) used the example of allowing a 'little boy' to bring to class a toy car and play with it, thus helping him to concentrate.


As I teach university students, it raised the issue for me of mobile phones in class.


I think I have achieved a major breakthrough in asking that they be switched off upon entry, but how should I handle students constantly fiddling with them, placing them on the table and keeping their eyes on them to monitor incoming calls?


If I allow this, does it help students' concentration on their work, or not?


Is it unfair, or rude, to other students? Does it distract them? It distracts me, but do I need to reconsider this?


MICHAEL McCAFFREY


North Point