Get Into Grammar with Texting…Not

I’ve harped on texting and will no doubt do it again. And again. Having recently read an article about the problem of texting in classrooms I felt compelled to harp. A lot.

Texters are getting too good at it—but not that good. Teachers and professors are quite aware that students are capable of texting without looking, thereby appearing to be attentive while in actuality completely absorbed in…not much. To think that the biggest distractions a mere few years ago were doodling, daydreaming, and note-passing; now it’s texting. And it’s getting out of hand. Seriously.

There are many excuses offered, multi-tasking, too many things to do at the same time, I’m not bothering anyone, this class is boring, texting is my right. Aaargh!

When you’re talking about college this habit is especially maddening—or should be. This is after all time that is being paid for—often by hard-working parents who are under the assumption that the classes being attended are resulting in an actual, you know, education.

Bottom line, texting while a teacher stands in the front of the room and works to present the material you are supposedly there to learn, absorb, and assimilate is RUDE! It’s wrong, it’s inexcusable, it’s pointless, it’s wrong again. So stop it!

Teachers, as usual, are put in a nearly untenable position. Do they take a zero tolerance stance and spend a good percentage of their class-time watching students like a hawk or do they turn a blind eye? Do they try the “if you can’t beat them, join them” philosophy? Some teachers have tried to incorporate their students obsession into the workings of the actual class by having students contribute to the class through texting, sending assignments via text, etc. Others allow students to get their texting out of their systems at the beginning of class.

What the answer is probably no one knows. All I do know is that the ninety-nine percent of banal trivial pursuit constituted by the average text has a time and a place. And it’s not in the classroom.