Chicago area high school changes tune, lets students use Apple iPods

Apple Store“Paige Martin once tried to smuggle her iPod into class, hiding the tiny ear buds beneath her shirt’s hood and enjoying a bit of the Dave Matthews Band before a math teacher confiscated the device,” Lisa Black reports for The Chicago Tribune.

“Today, the Glenbrook North High School senior still must tuck her iPod away during class, but she no longer has to sneak through the school hallways, cafeteria, study halls or library when wearing the mini-headphones, whose tell-tale wires draped off her ears,” Black reports.

Black reports, “After spending years enforcing strict bans on electronic gadgets, Glenbrook High School District 225 officials have begun experimenting with the unthinkable: They are allowing students at their Northbrook and Glenview campuses to listen to music during non-classroom hours, as long as they do not disrupt others. ‘This is legal now!’ exclaimed Martin, 17, who insists she is less distracted when plugged in. ‘iPods help me concentrate.'”

Black reports, “The Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South High Schools, as well as schools in Skokie, Libertyville and Barrington, have loosened their rules concerning iPods and MP3 players at the same time that other campuses in Illinois and elsewhere are cracking down on the devices. West Chicago High School in DuPage County, for instance, will enforce a new policy next fall forbidding all electronic devices because of fear that ‘students are tuning into the music and tuning out of instruction,’ said Supt. Lee Rieck of Community High School District 94.”

“Others say they worry that students will use the gadgets to cheat by downloading audio answers to test questions. At York High School in Elmhurst, officials who have allowed the MP3 players and iPods plan to re-evaluate their policy because they are concerned about players that allow for multiple uses, such as music along with phones, cameras and video,” Black reports. “There are no statistics that show how many districts allow iPods and MP3 players, but a survey of about two dozen area high schools found that most do not. The decision is usually left to principals.”

Full article here.


  1. It’s forbidden to listen to music when you have no class??? Aren’t the teachers able to make their lessons interesting in the first place and make sure, no one uses any device during class?
    In my school no one was allowed to use his mobile phone for texts during class but as long as you annoyed no one use during breaks and free hours was fine.

  2. Times change. First there was nothing, then walkman, boom box, walkman cd player, Mp3, and then the ipod.

    I did’nt have access to any of those until the advent of the walkman which was unthinkable in school let alone anywhere else. In college, we were allowed use as long as the tutor was not lecturing but never in exams.

    I can foresee a time when teachers will be using anti-listening bugs devices to ensure that no student enters an exam room with a wi-fi ear piece.

    The good thing is that this will pacify alot of students during recess. Mozart should help alot in this aspect!

  3. . . . having to walk five miles to school barefoot in snow uphill with only a “portable” Victrola strapped to my head — and I couldn’t reach the turntable to flip the record. I could play only one side anyway, because if I cranked the Victrola, it would fall onto my left shoulder and break it.

    Kids today. Two-ounce iPods. Buncha pansies.

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