The cell phone industry has a suggestion for improving the math skills of American students, reports the New York Times: spend more time on cell phones in the classroom. At a conference this week in Washington, D.C., called Mobile Learning 09, CTIA, a wireless industry trade group, plans to start making its case for the educational value of cell phones. It will present research--paid for by Qualcomm, a maker of chips for cell phones--that shows so-called smart phones can make students smarter. Some critics already are denouncing the effort as a blatantly self-serving maneuver to break into the big educational...

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