The adage goes that if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, so some local schools are issuing back to school lists for their students that might defy conventional wisdom. Students have long tried to get away with as much as they can, and when they are reprimanded, parents often step in and claim their child has the right to use that for which the child has been punished.

Cell phones are the best example of this, with many schools trying to impose bans on phones, mainly because they are used to text others during class. However, parents insist that cell phones should be allowed for safety’s sake, and schools must abide by the will of the parents. Also, since students are being trained to be the working masses, they should be allowed the same opportunities to avoid work that they will utilize while working someday.

Here are some of the items and rationale for those items on back to school lists:

  1. Cell phones—safety is an issue in schools. Besides, students should learn how to multitask, and someone who is not able to carry on a text conversation and take notes in history class is lacking a very important skill set.

There are ten more surprising items here:

 

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