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Should cellphones be allowed in school?

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Started: 2/22/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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DeidreDimino

Pro

in today's world, where everybody has a cellphone, a debate goes on as to whether or not kids should be allowed to have their phones at school. Most schools hav ebanned cellphones altogether, otheres have banned them in the classroom. so where do you stand on the subject, should kids be allowed cell phones at school or should they be banned? In my honest opinion, I do think students should be allowed to have cellphones during school. there are alot of reasons why. Parents should be able to keep in touch with their children at all times. Children should be able to reach their parents in case of emergency. If in danger, a student can reach the authorities ot a medical provider. Phones can also be silenced during class or study periods, and active only in appropriate places. For example, if there was a school shooting, a student wouldn't be able to go to the office and call their parents, they would obviouslt need their phones. Also, not every student would have to use their phone for texting, they can use them for a calculator or the internet. If a student cannot use their phone then the school office has to make arrnagements to send someone to the child in question and convey the message or call him or her to the office to receive the call which is a long drawn process.
mostdope

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Well cellphones cause a big distraction in schools nowdays people are to worried about what goes on out of school rather than in school. The reason teachers dont allow them is because the kids wont pay attention and that is very disrespectful to the teacher."You'll have someone's eye out with that" used to be the refrain of teachers in my day. In malevolent hands, a pencil, a rubber, even a piece of paper could become a lethal weapon in class, and that's before we got on to compasses and Bunsen burners.

A mobile is the same: a potentially potent tool for learning but strangely feared in a school pupil's hand, where it is assumed to wreak havoc with concentration, unleash cyber bullying and surreptitiously video up teachers' skirts.

But isn't it also madness when schools that cannot afford modern IT facilities ignore the powerful computers in every pupils' pocket?

I was amazed when I visited my old school recently: having remarked how sorry I felt for teachers in the mobile era, several teachers immediately declared how useful they were in class. There's even an acronym for it: BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device. As one teacher has argued in the Guardian, this is the future: students using their trusted devices rather than a machine they leave in school at the end of each day.

Jo Debens, a geography teacher at Priory School, Portsmouth, a comprehensive with a mixed intake, was dashing out to take 30 pupils orienteering when we spoke: her students were testing whether it was easier to use an OS map or a mobile phone's mapping services.

Earlier this year, the school drew up a "mobile device policy" in consultation with students. Mobile phones are allowed in school and used in class at the teacher's discretion, with a clear system of sanctions applied for misuse. Since the policy was introduced, only 1.4% of negative behavioural incidents have been connected with mobiles.

Pupils record homework tasks on their phone's calendar (why do they forget homework diaries but never their textbooks?) and in Debens's geography classes they use the camera function to record things and report back to class. They also use mobile internet for independent research.

"We're always being told as teachers that we should give pupils differentiated learning and personalise it. Now they can," says Debens of using mobiles. "Like anything, it's only useful in the hands of the user. They are not the be-all and end-all. We would have death by Wikipedia if all people were doing was cutting and pasting from them."

"I was very anti phones," admits Nasim Jahangir, a business and economics teacher at Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College, Leicester. Several years ago, however, she incorporated smartphones into lessons as she "learned to teach in a different way" " with an emphasis on independent study. She admits it is probably easier to ensure his A-level classes use phones constructively but she thinks it has improved behaviour. "The whole atmosphere in the class has changed," she says, becoming less adversarial, with students policing themselves over inappropriate phone use.
Debate Round No. 1
DeidreDimino

Pro

I do agree, kids do worry more about what goes on outside of school than in, but having a cell phone at school isn't the problem for that. Either way, they are going to worry about anything else but school. Even though cellphones aren't allowed in school, since kids are so worried about the outside world, they will sneak their phone in class or wherever they can.
mostdope

Con

Well kids shouldn't worry about stuff like that in class. Kids need to worry about what's going on currently and cell phones could be a distraction to kids who also want to learn. They wont be able to with cell phones going off in class its not physically possibly for someone to concentrate on school work if they have their cell phone going off.
Debate Round No. 2
DeidreDimino

Pro

Whenever students are at home doing their homework, they have their phones. If they are allowed somewhere, they won't worry about them as much as they would if they weren't allowed. so that isn't necessarirly true.
mostdope

Con

Yeah but how many kids do you know that actually get their homework done while having their phone out not very many from my opinion. why? Because they are worried about the person over the phone rather than what they need to get done for school the next day. yes if its the last day of school and on the week days who cares if you have it but get your homework done.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by DebateHS1 3 years ago
DebateHS1
Thus far, PRO is winning.
Posted by DebateHS1 3 years ago
DebateHS1
This is a good debate; be sure to include evidence in support of each of your major arguments.
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