Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Vexing texting

Just before sharing a book talk about Jeff Zentner's Goodbye Days, I polled three classes of eighth graders whom I teach.

"How many of you have sent a text message recently?" I asked. At least three-quarters of their ~80 hands went up.

"How many of you have seen someone else send a text recently?" Most hands raised.

"How many of you have texted or seen someone send a text while in a car?" Similar show as prior question.

"How many of you have seen the driver send or receive texts?" More than half of hands up.

Seems like, drivers, we could improve the example that we're setting for young people -- at least until the autonomous vehicles pull up to the curbs of the future.


  1. This is quite an interesting inquiry that is disturbing to me, Brian. Thanks for addressing this issue of texting while driving - call to action.

  2. I'm recalling this couplet: "Don't drink & drive... you might spill your drink!" !ylefas levarT