You can withhold their cell phone or have them attend my Master Class. I will be glad to conduct one for you. I am a teacher by trade. You can show your child the Curriculum for the class to scare the hell out of them. They will gladly give up their cell phone. But I will be glad to conduct the class for them if they decide that is what they would rather do.
Choice: No Cell Phone or Attend the Master Class
Master Class Curriculum
Discussion on the Thank You note
Hand Write sample Thank You notes
Discussion on what constitutes Surly behavior and how to avoid it
When to put away your cell phone
The 3 branches of the Federal Government
Memorize the Judges of the Supreme Court
Memorize all the questions asked by Justice Clarence Thomas during oral arguments
Sorry I meant to write: Art History
The Movement from the Byzantine to the Renaissance with an emphasis on the pivotal art of Giotto
Discussion on proper pictures to post on line. i.e. No tongues out in any picture.
What is the role of a newspaper in society.
The Fourth Estate
The Fifth Estate
Who are they? Discussion on Libertarians and Vanity Fair Napkins
The Fish Kill in Florida, Algae Blooms, Injection Wells and Fracking
Lessons we should have learned from Fukushima and Chernobyl
Pop Quiz: Name the Mayor, Governor, the two US Senators, your US Congressman/woman and all the candidates running for President. What is Little Boy, Fat Man and Enola Gay. If you score 100% you do not have to write the blog post.
Write one blog suitable for posting on any of the above, and it will be posted.
Your parents choose: Clockwork Orange, Z, Walkabout, Kandahar, Sophie's Choice
Actually parents, rather than just take away their cell phone, a meaningful film viewing and discussion would be worth its weight in gold.