Will Tory conference announcements all prove as daft as this?

Social media junkie: history has shown that the worst case of someone being distracted from their work by a mobile phone is this one. Have those Covid-19-era WhatsApp messages turned up yet?

Here’s something that is typical of the Tories – certainly since they got back into office in 2010: a lack of joined-up thinking.

So we get announcements like this:

The problem? Smartphones aren’t a big issue in schools – and the policy doesn’t take account of the fact that smartphones are often used by youngsters to pay the bus fare into school – so they can’t be banned from bringing them in.

And in fact, most schools already prohibit the use of mobiles during the school day.

The policy would also apply only to schools in England because education is a devolved issue.

Put it all together and it is easy to understand why Richard Murphy (above) called it a “dead cat” policy to avoid mention of underfunding.

This Site mentioned that problem in an article yesterday. It is also discussed in the Guardian piece linked above:

Geoff Barton, the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, accused the government of failing to address the real problems facing schools of funding and staff shortages.

Daniel Kebede, the general secretary of the National Education Union… urged the education secretary to focus instead on the challenge of teacher recruitment, real-terms funding cuts, the lack of mental health support and rising levels of child poverty.

It seems this is just another instance in which the Tories would rather do what is easy than what is right.

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2 thoughts on “Will Tory conference announcements all prove as daft as this?

  1. Jonathan Lisle-Summers

    Right. “Solving” problems that aren’t problems are the only problems they can solve.

    Like voter IDs….

  2. The Toffee

    The smartphone ban is indeed daft,! I believe kids use tablets for a fair amount of their work these days and smartphones are an ideal backup.

    But then you mentioned paying bus fares. So the lack of physical money/cash-handling skills enabled by the appliances is doing not just kids, but anybody any favors, except the government – who, one day if we’re not careful – will get to know exactly how much you’ve got, right down to the last penny.

    Sleepwalking into a cashless society is a far greater concern than a child having a smartphone in the classroom, methinks.

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