British schoolteachers have a new defense against the cellphone: knitting. A program to teach knitting to elementary age schoolchildren has reaped surprising results, including improved behavior.
Once standard practice in English schools, the teaching of knitting has begun to reappear in the classroom. Some teachers have even incorporated it into math and history classes. "Teachers say knitting has improved behaviour, helped pupils learn to write and encouraged them to have conversations rather than play with their phones."