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Cellphones Should Be Banned In Schools

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Started: 5/29/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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kitty123

Pro

cellphones should be banned in schools because they are a distraction,temptation,and disruptive to the school environment. They are a distraction because children text and social network during class and pay no attention to the lesson which causes their grades to drop. Next is the temptation to cheat on exams, tests, or homework. Cellphones provide this temptation because they are equipped with calculators and the internet. Also this may give the temptation to cheat when they are to distracted with texting or social networking during class. Finally disruption, even if a kid isn't cheating or texting during class it can still go off during classes and unfocus students during an important lesson. Therefore cellphones should be banned in schools.
rienafairefr

Con

I'll go ahead and post an introduction argument because it's apparently not a round for just acceptance.

Banning "disruptive" things in classrooms has always been a fad of the day for probably as long as humanity has existed. In Ancient Greece, writing in class might be construed as disruptive to the understanding of the material, because remembering by heart might have been seen as better than relying on a piece of written material at the time. In medieval times, the advent of the printing press might have seem threatening to the classroom as well, because people might not need to copy down material on their own, which might be disruptive or bad for learning, some probably argued at the time. At some point, responding to the teacher, asking questions, was probably seen as disruptive as well and not allowed in classrooms. Talking between each other was seen as disruptive in an environment that should be led fully by the teacher at some point, some probably argued, while we encourage group works nowadays. Anyway, these past examples just illustrate how the perceived high problem of disruption of one generation is the next generation's treasure or new way to distill knowledge that might actually be beneficial to everyone.

That said, I don't believe for a second that the use of cellphone in classrooms is the next generation's advancement in teaching technology, it remains to be seen, and we are anyway pretty poor at predicting the future. The problem with Pro's resolution is that he proposes the banning in schools, not just in class. i.e., having a cellphone is perfectly possible when outside the bounds of the school, but when stepping a centimeter inside the boundaries of the school, then it's banned. Furthermore this "should be banned" resolution kind of begs the question, banned by whom ?, and how do you enforce or regulate that ban ? Do you propose this to be a federal law that all states and all schools in those states should abide for, and punish the offenders with federal prison ? Should it be a state law, should it be mandatory that each school ban them and punish the offenders however they feel ? Should it be the same ban for all schools or are some schools allowed to band differently ?

Considering that cellphones are a now ubiquitous piece of technology, a total ban would need to be enforced in a harsh and unforgiveable way: i.e. mandatory frisking at all school entrances, harsh penalties for having a cellphone inside the school, stuff like that. That's not an environement for good teaching, because the teacher and schools will have to spend a large amount of time policing instead of doing education. Recommending no cellphone use in class and temporarily confiscating offenders' phones if they use it in class, the current situation in most schools, is sufficient policing IMO, anything going above and beyond that would probably involve policing to a degree that is not good.
Debate Round No. 1
kitty123

Pro

kitty123 forfeited this round.
rienafairefr

Con

Waiting for my opponent's response.
Debate Round No. 2
kitty123

Pro

kitty123 forfeited this round.
rienafairefr

Con

Well, it's been a no-show debate. Disappointing.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by AgentRocks 3 years ago
AgentRocks
Stupid newbie, get a life and post a debate that has something to debate with, not a one that is already a fact.
Posted by AgentRocks 3 years ago
AgentRocks
They are you stupid idiot.
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