What would it take for the overconnected generation to give up their cellphones?
In Kimball, Minnesota, a teacher is finding out by keeping their cellphones 24/7 in exchange for allowing the students to skip the finals in her class.
Far from the stupidity of the “no finals in exchange for retweets,” this one actually has a lesson for kids, WCCO’s Mike Binkley reports.
“I’m hoping that by doing this they can learn that, hey, there’s a life out there that’s worth living and it’s not on my phone,” Katie Pettit said.
It was optional, she says, but almost every kid took her up on the offer.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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