On Feb. 9, The Press published a letter to the editor wherein the writer complained of double standards. His assertion was that students were being punished by restricting access to their phones while in class, while the teacher or other administrator had no such restriction.
It is obvious to me that the writer has no experience attempting to instruct a classroom full of students who have little self-control. Try teaching to students when all you see is the tops of their heads because their faces are turned downward to their phones.
If an adult instructor uses their phone between lectures, not a problem. This is not a double standard. Children need to have rules set for them, at school just as at home. Would the writer propose that his children can make up their own minds about drug and alcohol use?
Instituting rules, and requiring our children to follow them, is not punishment. Rather, it is foundational in helping our children make the most of our efforts at guiding them to be educated, caring, productive adults. This is what loving parents do.