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Phones Should be Aloud in High School

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Started: 3/4/2016 Category: Technology
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Trebled.G

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Cell phones in high school are considered a problem, but are they really? They help with a lot of things such as classes, homework, communication, and many other things. Many classes could use them for scientific calculators, or as a way to do assignments. I believe that phones should be aloud in school. If the student is not interrupting class, or if the student is not paying attention due to his/her phone that is their on fault not the teachers.
Player200

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phones are a distraction and interfere with the process of education. Generally, there is no need for students to be calling someone or sending text messages during the school day. If parents and their children plan their schedules in advance, there is no need for cell phone communication during the day. A ban during school hours is the only practical way of avoiding the downsides of cell phones.

Cell phones have been banned in schools across America for a variety of reasons. The first is that they are a distraction. Except to contact parents or family members in the case of an emergency, cell phones are generally a source of entertainment for students. Calling a friend to chat, checking email or viewing pictures or videos is not part of the school curriculum and distracts students from their studies. While the use of cell phones is clearly against principles of education, it is the not so obvious use that should be a concern for administrators. Some students are so adept at texting, they can do it very discretely and without looking at the phone. Of course, such concentration does not allow for shared learning time.

In addition, most cell phones have a picture-taking device included in the basic technology. This allows for a student to take an exam, take a photo of the exam, and send the picture to someone for the purposes of cheating. Students can also photograph each other - sometimes in compromising positions like in the bathroom or changing after physical education class - and upload the pictures to the Internet without the victim ever knowing a picture had been taken.

Finally, cell phones are a safety issue in and of themselves. In a crisis situation, calling someone outside of school would seem like normal reaction. However, The National School Safety and Security Services (NSSSS) warns against this reaction. They note the opposite possibility as well:

In terms of school safety, cell phones have been used by students in a number of cases nationwide for calling in bomb threats to schools. In far too many cases, these threats have been difficult or impossible to trace since they have been made by cell phones. The use of cell phones by students during a bomb threat, and specifically in the presence of an actual explosive device, also presents a greater risk for potentially detonating the device as public safety officials typically advise school officials not to use cell phones, two-way radios, or similar communications devices during such threats. Additionally, experience in crisis management has shown us that regular school telephone systems become overloaded with calls in times of a crisis ... it is highly probable that hundreds (if not thousands) of students rushing to use their cell phones in a crisis would also overload the cell phone system and render it useless. Therefore the use of cell phones by students could conceivably decrease, not increase, school safety during a crisis.
The Law
In April 2008, the Manhattan court of appeals noted that cell phone bans in public schools are constitutional. While noting that students and their parents have every right to contact each other before and after school, the court also noted that such communication is unnecessary during school hours. The court also noted that it is because of the irresponsible use of cell phones that such a ban is necessary. In other words, if adults were more responsible, their children would be as well.
Conclusion
There may be a handful of cases involving a physical or psychological condition that might warrant a student"s use of a cell phone during school; such exceptions can be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. However, for the average student cell phones are unnecessary. A partial ban on cell phones - not in classes, for example - simply invites abuse and disobedience. From a practical standpoint, a complete ban is the only way to prevent distraction and abuse. It is in the best interest of all students - and is essential in achieving the goal of schools - to help students learn - that schools be "no service" zones when it comes to cell phones.
Ponder This
1. Shouldn"t students in high school be given some responsibility for their actions, including not abusing cell phones?
"2. Can administrators point to specific evidence that students--who are not, after all, prisoners--will be harmed by having a cell phone in their possession in school?
"3. While there may be a case for banning cell phones from classrooms, is this a case for a complete ban? Can"t administrators enforce partial bans as well as full bans?
"4. Parents may have emergencies in which they need to convey messages to their children, such as not being able to pick them up after school. Aren"t cell phones are a way of doing this?
Debate Round No. 1
Trebled.G

Pro

As of right now I am using my laptop in class. I'm doing the exact same thing that I could be on my cell phone without taking up all my space on my desk. We have class activities that involve using our phones.
Player200

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Debate Round No. 2
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