The Instigator
YaBoiMitch
Pro (for)
The Contender
EmeryP
Con (against)

Cell Phone Usage in School

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/23/2018 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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YaBoiMitch

Pro

Some teachers say that if the Student was taking a test and they used their phone to "Cheat", it would hurt their education. But say 30 years later, they have to use that knowledge, couldn't they just whip out their phone and do exactly the same thing they did 30 years ago in school. Letting Students use their phones in School would allow them to get better grades easier, and give them an even easier way to access their what they learned in School later in life.
EmeryP

Con

"Some teachers say that if the Student was taking a test and they used their phone to "Cheat", it would hurt their education."

The act of using the phone is cheating by definition, as there are regulations in place which ban it's use during exams. It's cheating regardless of the teacher's personal opinion, as in most cases it's school or district policy, not class-room policy.

"But say 30 years later, they have to use that knowledge, couldn't they just whip out their phone and do exactly the same thing they did 30 years ago in school"

This could only apply to students who have access to Smartphones. Not all do. Additionally, this only reinforces how to find an answer, not why an answer is correct.

"Letting Students use their phones in School would allow them to get better grades easier, and give them an even easier way to access their what they learned in School later "

It would also give those students who can afford Smartphones an inherent advantage in schooling, while leaving poorer students at a disadvantage. Testing is also a measurement of your school's performance, not just you. You cannot collect accurate feedback on the efficacy of a class if it's not based on what is being taught to you. This would base testing on what you could Google, offering no feedback concerning the teacher or classroom materials.
Debate Round No. 1
YaBoiMitch

Pro

It would also give those students who can afford Smart hones an inherent advantage in schooling, while leaving poorer students at a disadvantage. "

This is true, but I'm sure arrangements could be made for those less wealthy children to share with another student, not only evening out the playing field but also helping grow bonds of trust between students.

"This could only apply to students who have access to Smart hones. Not all do."

This is also true, but consider the fact that later in life, if someone cannot afford a smartphone, their lifestyle is most likely one where they wouldn't actually have to know any thing that would require the aid of a phone.

"Additionally, this only reinforces how to find an answer, not why an answer is correct."

While some answers may not be correct, this could teach them not to trust everything they read on the internet, and this would also give the experience in how to check sources/facts.

Unrelated, but still relevant to this debate, this would also help children with learning difficulties as it would be easier to take notes and store knowledge on a smartphone.
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