An article in the Des Moines Register argues that school cell phone bans are out of touch with today’s realities. There is currently a tension between technology-cautious school officials and the technology-savvy students they serve. Because of this technological generation gap, it is much easier to simply ban cell phones rather than the underlying reason kids are using them. At first glance, an outright ban seems to make a certain measure of sense. For obvious reasons, schools don’t want kids using phones in class or disrupting school activities. However, this blanket policy ignores complex issues. There are reasonable reasons why students should be able to have and use cell phones, as long as it is between classes and not during lessons. A student may need to call for a ride or tell mom about a good grade, there is no reason why they shouldn’t be able to do so. The goal should be establishing responsible, polite use of technology in schools, while at the same time prohibiting rudeness and classroom disruptions…