And why not?
The skill of answering the telephone when it rings is such a lost art form. Children today are simply not required to be put into a situation where they need to answer the phone, take a message, or make a decision about what the person on the other end is saying to them.
So, when the phone rings in our classroom, I have a "phone screener" that answers the phone with the utmost clarity (we practice beforehand), and they either take a message, or ask if I'm available (because it's usually for me anyhow).
But that sends a VERY important message to a few people:
1. The students that I'm working with are more important at that instant than a phone call would be.
2. The student that answers the phone will have that skill for the rest of their life.
3. The teacher on the other line knows that I can trust all of my students with messages that could be urgent or detailed in nature (and they're usually laughing when I get to the phone and say how awesome that is that I have the students answer the phone!)
… and I got the idea … because I really don't like answering the phone.
Maybe I'd feel differently if I had this job when I was seven years old. :)
[Only 6 more days until a P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L. Program announcement]