And that's not taking kids back thirty years in terms of technology, not at all. It's no more offensive - nor any less sensible - than banning mobile phones in classrooms. Which all schools should also do.
WHoa, whoa whoa. At least in high school, a cell phone was a necessity because of AFTER school. Granted, phones in class rooms are a hideous distraction and often used for cheating, but you can't ban them in classes without banning them from schools in their entirety, and that's a horrible thing, imo. The days I would forget my phone and have to call my parents about some project I had to stay to do, or go to someone's house unexpectedly, were horrible. Yes, school offices have phones, but that's such a pain. And what if you were going to spend an extended time after school somewhere else?
My school's policy was that cell phones couldn't be visible
on school grounds during school hours, including lunch. That made sense. You could have them in your backpack (in fact it was encouraged), but not out until the last bell rang at 2:10.