"I've never thought of a general ban on cell phones in schools," Bär told the Handelsblatt (Friday edition). In primary schools it is something different.
But a cell phone ban was "completely out of date" at secondary schools. You have to integrate digital devices in the classroom in a meaningful way instead of “demonizing” them across the board, according to the CSU politician. "The corona crisis would now be a good bridge for all ministries of education and school principals to campaign for a relaxation of rigid cell phone rules." According to Bär, the crisis has revealed "significant deficits" in the field of digital education. "We have a lot of catching up to do here." The digital pact for schools, with which the federal government has made five billion euros available to schools for investments, can only be a first step. Nationwide standards for digital information and media literacy are also necessary, for example. “It's not just about hardware or software, but above all about what the curricula look like,” says Bär. "I think, for example: programming from elementary school should become the fourth basic skill alongside reading, writing and arithmetic."