Things seemed so much easier when I was in school. I graduated at the time when some students were just starting to have cell phones (not smartphones) on a regular basis. Texting wasn’t all that popular, there was no Facebook, people weren’t Snapchatting each other – and it seemed like there were fewer problems in the classroom back then. Teachers sometimes had to get on to kids for “two-waying” each other, but that was about as far as I remember it going. Students weren’t using their phones to look up all the answers for tests, and they certainly weren’t using their watches; but now, thanks to everything going “smart”, many schools are banning students from wearing any kind of watch during examinations. Their reasoning? Since smartwatches are becoming popular now and they don’t know which watches are “smart” or not, they’re banning them all just to be safe. (Now that I think of it, the “calculator watch” was banned from math class when I was in school, but that was the only kind of watch banned, and only one kid I knew even had one of those fancy things).
Hopefully there will always be a clock on the wall, as students won’t be able to check their watch to see what time it is or how much time is left to finish the test, assuming it’s timed, of course. This is definitely a blow to those who like to nervously glance at their watch from time to time.
Does this seem a bit much to you, or do you understand where the policy is coming from? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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