So it's not like this is the first we're hearing of The Fear that technology will destroy the fabric of all social
life. But it's the first we've heard of a school actually banning iPods as a result of that fear. Students attending
Syndney, Australia's private International Grammar School are being asked either to leave the white gadgets at home, or
to place them in a locked drawer during the duration of the school day — because they enable students to "avoid
communication with others" and may lead to "social isolation or escape from our community." Somehow we doubt teenagers'
desire to escape from the community originated with the iPod, and we also doubt there will be a mass communication
breakdown no matter how much they turn up the Zeppelin. But hey, now the students can bond over how much this ban
sucks, and that's community right there, folks.
[Via iPod lounge]