How about to flesh out who we are and what we really stand for? Your question is disingenuous.

It’s impossible for that question to be disingenuous. First, you should read my full post, but if you can’t, here’s the TL;DR…

We often do things and act in ways that are irrational, harmful, or self-defeating, not because we intend to do ill, but because we don’t stop to examine whether what we are doing is actually producing good results.

For example, I’m a high school teacher — and I could certainly justify spending a lot of my time stopping students from using their cell phones during class and being a disciplinarian on the issue, because it’s definitely a huge distraction. Hell, for some kids it’s a genuine addiction.

But does that help me help them to learn? To a certain extent, yes, but if discipline becomes the focal point of the lesson and not the lesson itself — I’ve screwed up. In addition, what about the 85–90% of kids who aren’t on their phones and are paying attention? Is it fair to them to stop the lesson every three minutes to reprimand a student for having their phone out, totally disrupting their learning?

So obviously, it’s a balance. Yes, if it’s clear someone is on their phone and not paying attention, I try to curb their behavior, but sometimes, frankly, I ignore it — because I don’t want to sacrifice the integrity of the lesson, or the discussion, or the demonstration.

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