# who tried
# met the Challenge
$ Principal Smith paid
The No-Tech-Tuesday Challenge
At last year’s 7-8th grade Valediction, I challenged the 160 students to commit to NO screen time of any kind for each of the 11 Tuesdays this summer break, from June 13 through August 22. With each No-Tech-Tuesday, students experienced life without the ever-present screen so integral to our modern life.
The response to this Challenge has been wonderful. Many students, both in these designated grades and beyond, took on the Challenge. Some parents did too, and it has been interesting to hear how many adults have said either they could not do it or didn’t even want to try. I received reflections from students who said it was especially hard in the beginning, but many also said it was ultimately liberating. I am most delighted to hear that students came to understand the power of habit and especially their ability to CHANGE their habits, if they choose. This knowledge will serve them well, in managing technology and many other aspects of life.
On Tuesday, August 29, we held our special assembly for the 8th and 9th graders, at which we heard from Challenge participants and honored those who made it the full 11 Tuesdays without screens. Thirty-four of them received a $100 bill, though four students did the Challenge but declined to accept the monetary award, explaining the reason I handed out $3,400 rather than $3,800.*
As we return to the routine of the school year, I hope all will remember the primary lesson of this Challenge:
Limits free you!
Diana Smith, Principal
Resources & Reading
“Melinda Gates: I spent my career in technology. I wasn’t prepared for its effect on my kids,” Washington Post, August 24, 2017
Phone apps aren’t good or bad in themselves, but they can exacerbate the difficulties of growing up.
Fox 5 Good Morning NO TECH CHALLENGE: Principal to pay students to stay off electronics over summer POSTED: JUN 13 2017 11:55AM EDT WASHINGTON - A D.C. charter school principal is reaching into her own pocket to try and get her students to put down their electronics...read more
PBS News Hour 5 important stories that have nothing to do with the Russia investigations BY LAURA SANTHANAM, ERICA R. HENDRY, JOSHUA BARAJAS, IMAN SMITH AND ANDREW WAGNER June 14, 2017 at 7:02 PM EDT Lordy! All eyes were on James Comey last week The fired FBI director...read more
Can they unplug? A school principal will pay students to forgo screen time this summer. By Alejandra Matos, Washington Post, Friday, June 9, 2017 "...One educator in the nation’s capital wants to curb the tech deluge. "Diana Smith, principal at Washington Latin Public...read more
Carpe Diem: U.S. Students Revive Latin and Greek Wall Street Journal, June 8, 2017 Who says Latin is a dead language? Thanks to the The Wall Street Journal and Nina Sovich for featuring Washington Latin in an article examining the resurgence of Latin instruction in US...read more