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School's should have the ability to block cellphone and internet access.

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Started: 10/26/2011 Category: Education
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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toneball13

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As the affirmative, I strongly advocate the removal of cellphones and internet access from schools, and will assure you why cell phones are bad in the first place. Okay. According to the World Heath Organization (WHO), there is a causal link between the use of cell phones and cancer. So virtually, anything we can do to limit the amount of time kids spend on cell phones (at school) is for their safety. Also, cell phones are a major distraction to classmates and the teacher. I'm sure most young people have experience the embarrassing misfortune of having your cell phone ring in class. This distracts the people around you, the teacher, and yourself. Also, texting is a huge issue. This distracts you from your own work while you type away, and where education time is scarce enough as it is, every minute counts. Plus, having cellphones is just an opportunity to cheat. Most cell phones have internet access, and again most cell phones have texting, so its pretty logical to assume that people will use what resources they have to cheat. Thanks
letusdebate

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I look forward to a good debate. I will be arguing that a removal of cell phones and internet from school is a bad idea.

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That study is outdated, a newer study conducted on over 35,000 Danish citizens which concluded about a week ago found no statistically significant link between cancer and cell phones, this outweighs the WHO study, which only aggregated past data and produced no research. At best, the idea of cellphones causing cancer is debated, and in light of new evidence, should not be considered a conclusive enough factor to remove cell phone and internet access from schools.

On it being a distraction to the class, there are already rules set in place to deal with distractions, usually with detentions or confiscations, that solve this problem, the main problem is the human element of enforcement, if a teacher fails to notice the distraction, passing further rules won't solve the problem, they still won't be enforced.

Texting and cheating are an unsolveable issue, they will happen anyways, there's nothing you can do. This occurs at schools regardless of technology rules. You waste more time in the education system making new unenforceable rules and demanding teachers to reprimand the few kids who get caught than simply accepting that phones are a fact of modern life.

Counterarguments:

Blanket internet bans are bad
Internet access is far more broad than student use. The wording of the resolution implys a blanket ban on internet access to schools, for both teachers and students. This is a negative for a few reasons.
1. Students often need to be able to perform research beyond the scope of what an average school library provides, banning this access is an educational issue, as students are unable to perform this necessary research in a center of learning.
2. Removing internet access at schools is socially unjust. Not everyone is in possession of a computer, and oftentimes school computers are the only realistic means for these students to complete necessary homework requiring internet access. By banning internet at schools, these children will be put at a great disadvantage to their more fortunate peers, hurting them academically.

Cellphones are good
Cellphone possession is a good thing. The resolution cites a removal of cellphones from schools, with no time modifiers or caveats appended to that statement, that implys a complete removal. This is a bad idea because
1. Students need to communicate with their families to coordinate entering and leaving school.
2. Students having a phone means that in an emergency they can receive help and won't have to speak through a proxy.

The pro's major pratfall is the way he has phrased his resolution in his first speech. By not specifying any other information on implementation other than a removal of cellphones and internet from schools, we can only assume that his broad language implys a blanket removal, and as I have shown, this blanket removal should not occur.
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