While phones can be distracting, That's one thing that's actually good! If students can resist the temptation to be off-task and use it for work then they would also be able to do this in a job. Phones can be used educationally to improve learning. It's also unfair to force all students to not have their phone out since most would actually use it well. If it's not a distraction then it's not a problem. If it is then you can tell them to put it away.
I think yes because if students were allowed to use cell phones in class instead of computers the schools would have more funds for other important things like repairs, Funding for school plays and productions and a countless number of other things that could be beneficial to students AND teachers!
Phones would be a useful tool. While phones can be distracting, That's one thing that's actually good! If students can resist the temptation to be off-task and use it for work then they would also be able to do this in a job. Phones can be used educationally to improve learning. It's also unfair to force all students to not have their phone out since most would actually use it well. If it's not a distraction then it's not a problem. If it is then you can tell them to put it away.
A mobile phone is not at all just a tool of distraction. Like all other things in the world, It can be put to both good and bad uses. It is like putting a ban on knives, Fearing it to be used as a murder weapon, Bringing an end to all the cutting and chopping for food. A mind which has to be restricted to keep it focused, Is a mind which won't go far in the long run. Curbing the majority from enjoying the perks of something, Because of a minority's misuse is gravely wrong.
Who are they going to call? The computing aspect is VASTLY better served by, Well, A *computer*. These useless and overpriced status symbols need to stay home - and what kind of parent would give their child a cell phone anyway? 99. 9999% of ADULTS don't "need" one of these luxury items either, They certainly don't belong in schools!
The opposition would argue that phones can be a useful educational tool in the classroom. In theory, This is a good idea. In practice, However, It wouldn't work. Children would use them to drown out the teacher the second they gained permission to use them in the classroom. They wouldn't be doing any learning; they'd just be playing Angry Birds the whole time. Children need to live independently of their phones.
If the argument is that they can be a useful tool, Realize that more and more schools today use iPads and laptops which can do the same thing. Yes, All schools can’t afford these, But I just don’t see a way that they can be restricted without causing distraction. I can’t see every student honestly using them for school.
Over the years it has been proven that cell phones are nothing but a distraction from learning. It has been proven that students use phones to cheat ( not everyone). It disrupts class over and over again such as notifications, Music ect. They are nothing but disruptive problem for the teacher.
Ever been in a theater when someones cell phone rings? Now just imagine trying to pay attention to a teacher, Doing your homework, Or taking a test when that happens. Like with the theater example, Most will probably turn it off yet there will still be some that don't or just forget. Children are even less responsible than adults so these distractions would be common. Unlike other distractions a kid may bring to class, The teacher would not be able to confiscate it like other things as it is actually the property of the parents.
Not all parents can afford or don't wish to give their child a cell phone. If using it in class can be beneficial in any way to students, Then it creates an unfair advantage for students with more wealthy parents.
Cell phones today have tons of apps. These apps may be more than just a distraction but an open invitation to cheat. Why do your math homework when you have a calculator app. Why learn history when you can just look up the answers on another app.