Oklahoma City Students to Get Cell Phones for Good Grades

If its not bad enough that the schools seem to be intent on filling kids’ heads with junk, now they want to microwave them as well.

Oh and Gee….How generous of TracFone.

If there is any question at all, and there is actually credible studies that show cell phones can be very risky for kids, the schools should not be promoting or providing this technology to children.



R.O.P.E. has more on this

Oklahoma City Students to Get Cell Phones for Good Grades

Oct 5, 2010


OKLAHOMA CITY — Some Oklahoma City Public Schools students will be part of a pilot program to determine if rewards can help boost grades.

The school district announced Tuesday it would participate in an incentive program called “The Million.” It will reward sixth and seventh graders with cell phones for academic achievement. The program was a collaboration between TracFone Wireless and the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University (EdLabs).

“Cell phones are ubiquitous,” Dr. Fryer said.

(Dr Fryer?  Really?!)

“The Million provides an unprecedented opportunity to use technology to communicate with students and boost their academic achievement.”

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New Study: Cell Phones Linked To High Radiation Levels

Oct 7, 2010

Cell phones have been linked to cancer before, but now a new study is raising concern about the possible connection.

The Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group says radiation levels in cell phones can cause health problems, including cancer.

The Environmental Working Group’s report says kids and pregnant women need to be most careful.  That’s because their bodies are at developmental stages that allow the radiation to penetrate their bodies.

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Mobile phone use ‘raises children’s risk of brain cancer fivefold’

Alarming new research from Sweden on the effects of radiation raises fears that today’s youngsters face an epidemic of the disease in later life

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3 responses to “Oklahoma City Students to Get Cell Phones for Good Grades

  1. I don’t think that cell phones cause cancer. Just because a school is promoting the use of cell phones is not a bad thing. These kids are going to be using cell phones anyway. Maybe this will be the kind of incentive some kids need to do better in school. Tracfone is a pretty good company and they already have programs that support underprivledged people and give them access to cell phones. Maybe this will be a step in the right direction for many students.

  2. I’m sorry but as a mom, a guesstimate about whether or not cell phones are harmful, is not enough. Scientifically there is plenty of indicators that they are indeed risky for some. The point is that, ethically speaking, the schools should not be putting kids at risk unnecessarily. I went through this argument with my child, I did my research and found the evidence worth taking into consideration.

    ‘First do no harm’ is a basic ethical foundation for any institution. Besides, it is just common sense.

    TracFone is a business. Good one or not their bottom line is money and this is a way to expand their customer base. TracFone could give a rats about the implications far down the road, they are in business to make money.

    This is unethical.

  3. Just can’t understand why the reward was prepared as cellphone…??

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