School to tackle technology


The world we inhabit nowadays is completely unrecognisable to what passed for modern even a few short years ago. The omnipresence of smart phones, pads and all sorts of other incredible gadgetry is striking, certainly to people of a certain vintage.

On buses, trains, planes and everywhere else that people gather you’ll find the majority of them now with their heads down and earphones in – completely closing out the world of chat, banter and general social intercourse which previously helped us pass time.

Without wishing to be in any way curmudgeonly, certainly not antediluvian, you have to wonder what kind of people we’ll become in a society that’s reversing more and more into ourselves, swept along by a technological tornado that human evolution could never have prepared for.

It is entirely inevitable – and, dare I say wise also – that many will attempt to press the break on all this behavioural upheaval.

Which explains why those running the show at the Mercy Mounthawk secondary school in Tralee have now introduced a protocol whereby students will not be able to use their phones during their time on campus – except when necessary for school purposes. The school’s management want a ‘well-managed and phone-free environment’.

There will, of course, be glitches and reasonable objections here and there. But, overall, I think most people will agree that this is something worth trying out, to ensure that students are actually present, in mind as well as body.

Less use of mobile technology will mean that students enjoy the ‘now’ with fellow students, friends and teachers – and, not insignificantly, the subjects they’re there to study.

This ‘no phones’ policy has already been implemented at Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in Dingle and after two years in operation seems to have been a resounding success.

Too much of anything is bad, no matter how good that thing is. The same applies to mobile technology, which should not be abused in a manner that is merely self-maiming.