Allowed In School

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For several years cell phones have become more and more popular. The use of cell phones has spread from young children still in school to elderly people who have experienced the modernization of their world. In other words, cell phones have become a significant foundation of today’s society. With this growing influence of phones has come a controversial debate over whether or not they should be allowed in schools. This debate has become more heated as more students bring their devices with them to school. Despite the common perception that cellphones are a distraction in school, phones have proven to be both an effective learning tool and a necessary measure for staying in contact with parents. Phones are able to be used as an effective learning…show more content…
Many parents provide cell phones to their children so that they have a method contacting their child at any given point in the day. Even the mayor of New York City, Bill De Blasio, acknowledges that it is “important for parents to be able to easily contact their kids” (Kiema). With the dangers in today’s society, having a cell phone on them assures parents that their child will be safe at all times. Along with the guaranteed safety of their children, parents also want their children to have phones so that they are able to keep their events organized. Having the ability to “coordinate pickups and after-school activities” (Matchan) makes the lives of parents so much easier, especially when considering the countless tasks that they have to take on in a given day. The fact that parents pay taxes to fund the schools and pay for their children’s cell phones means that they should have the right to send their child to school with a phone so that they can contact them at all times. Many parents require that their kids keep their cell phone with them during the day for both safety and planning reasons, and therefore, phones are not only beneficial, but also…show more content…
They argue that phones are constantly tempting students to check social media or see if they have received any texts. People also argue that phones distract not only students, but also teachers because they are difficult to regulate. However, there are simple ways to deal with the difficulty in regulating phones, and often times the ability to use phones in class for educational purposes makes learning more intriguing for students. The study does not explore the connections between the lessons that the teachers are teaching and the ability of students to take interest in what they are learning. Many people agree that “students are not distracted if their teachers are engaging” (Matchan). Through creating more entertaining lesson plans, students would not be distracted by their phones, they will enjoy their time spent in school, and they will be much more likely to take interest in what they are learning. The overall distraction of cell phones is not a problem if the students are fulling engaged in what they are learning. Also, teachers possess the right to make sure cell phones stay put away. Through making sure that cell phones are in the students’ backpacks, teachers are able to successfully teach while children and their parents stay in contact. Cell phones, although commonly perceived as a distraction, are extremely beneficial, and therefore,
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