Teachers are really annoyed by fidget spinners, the hottest new toy
Posted May 7
Schools nationwide have decided to ban “fidget spinners” — the hottest new toys for young students, according to Time magazine.
The toy is a simple gadget with a bearing in the middle that spins.
And they’re all the rage. As Time reported, fidget spinners make up every spot in Amazon’s top 20 best-selling toys. Prices range from free to, yes, $1,000.
“They are in the hands of children riding CTA trains with their parents. They are in the classroom and in homes across America. They are even being spun by some adults in meetings and at bus stops,” wrote the Chicago Tribune’s Rex Huppke.
For a full breakdown on how they work, watch this video.
Interestingly, the toys were designed to help children focus. Commercials often advertise that they can help children with anxiety, stress and ADHD, ABC-15 reported.
In fact, parents were told the devices could help children with autism.
“I do have one (child) that’s autistic, and it keeps him pretty occupied, but in a mellow kind of way,” Arizona mother Natasha Hayes told ABC-15.
But schools and teachers have condemned the toys for distracting students.
In fact, one Massachusetts middle school banned the toys from school, according to the school’s website.
Huppke wrote for the Tribune that children aren’t using them for the right reason. The devices distract children from important lessons, rather than keep them focused.
Of course, Huppke might have been writing tongue-in-cheek, comparing the outrage over the fidget spinners to any other major purchase.
“So I think it's time, in the interest of America's future, that we eradicate the spinner menace. I'm going to get on that as soon as I run out and buy the latest smartphone. I just saw a guy with one that has a slightly larger screen than mine.”