Cell phones are a giant distraction, its bad enough that students sneak around and break the rules but once phones are freely used the situation becomes even worse. If cell phones became allowed, the fear of being caught is no longer instiled in their minds and they freely go on Facebook,MySpace, and other social networks that keep the mind off school. There are roughly 49 million American facebook users that are ages 13-24, most of those people are regular users and if cell phones are allowed most of those students will probaly be looking at status updates instead of classwork. Social networks is just one of the many distractions a phone provides. There are games, texting, all things that take a kid's mind off education. The kids are the future and we can't distract them from the thing that will make them succesful; education, and with cell phones we will be dooming it.
Cell phones grant students the ability to use educational tools such as calculators, stopwatches and allows access to research materials. There use would reduce strain on the school IT department. My opponent implies that allowing cell phones will make it so students no longer want to learn and will make students want to social network more. I believe students care more about their grades than their social life and will use the educational benefits of their phones over the use for social media. Cell phones also can be used in emergancy situations and allow for contact between parents. It would also reduce strain on the school office and would prevent the school phones from being clogged.
In your first point the opponent stated that educational tools would be provided. First off most schools provide calculators, stopwatches, etc, so the use of a cell phone is unnecessary. For the schools that don't have enough, I doubt if they are that poor, the kids wouldn't be able to afford the costly cell phone and cell phone service of today. It would be cheaper to just buy a simple calculator or stopwatch if they really needed one. Second off, today's generation of kids would chose social networks almost every time. The average male high school GPA is 2.9 which consists of mostly Cs, does that sound like they care? Also you will hear conversations of students that go like this, " I was gonna study but I got on facebook and it never happened." I hear this constantly in my community. Cell phones create a distraction at home already, if we allow it in school it'll just be a distraction there. You also stated that cell phones allow students to be contacted by their parents and it doesn't clog school phones. That is completely untrue, students shouldn't be distracted by their parents unless it's an emergency which is few and far between. Since a emergency is so rare the school's phones are clear and ready for a call. Besides a emergency shouldn't be told in a text.