Yesterday in class a student told me that I was "wrong" to not let her send questions and comments via text message.
"Why not," she said. "You have a cell phone. I see it there. Why should we have to use ancient methods just because you're older than us?"
I know this is probably easily dealt with by putting my foot down, but not only do I not want to be inflexible, I also sort of admire the chutzpah of the student who I think honestly believes an occasional text is her best way to reach me.
Q: Is there an art to saying no to ideas or changes suggested by students that I simply don't want to do? Because I do have a cell phone, am I under any sort of obligation to make that mode of contact available to students?