I know this is coming a little late, but here it is!
Last week we discussed cell phones in the classroom. The debate: cell phones should never be in the classroom, cell phones should always be in the classroom, or cell phones should only be allowed in high school classrooms.
I voted that cell phones should be allowed in the classroom when in high school. What if there’s an emergency? What if a teacher would like a student to quickly look up a fact? What if it’s a free period and you’d like to listen to music while doing your work? However, while it can be useful, I also think that elementary students do not have the same use for cell phones as high school students. Not only that, but there are not as many elementary students with cell phones as there are high school students.
Kendall debated that cell phones should never be allowed in the classroom.
Kendall argued that cell phones in the classroom are a distraction that takes away from class time. Students have to constantly play catch-up in their classwork because they spent so much time on their phone. Also, students need to realize that there is a time and a place for cell phones, and the classroom isn’t one of them. Cellphones promote cheating in the classroom. It’s extremely easy for students to connect to the internet through cell phones, making it that much easier to cheat on their work. From personal experience, I know that classmates of mine would cheat by texting each other answers after they have left the exam room. and can spread serious forms of misinformation. There was an instance where someone at her school spread a rumor saying that there was going to be a school shooting, which caused major issues in her school.
In Cody’s debate, he argued that cell phones should always be allowed in the classroom. During his time in the classroom, he was able to regulate cell phone use efficiently and believed that all students should have the opportunity to keep their phones. He argued that cell phones are a part of society so they should not be separated from the classroom, and that cell phones are extremely useful tools that can be effectively used in the class. Studies have shown that allowing cell phones in the class is better than attempting to ban phones from the class altogether. For one, most students avoid the bans on cell phones and continue to use them regardless. Allowing students have their cell phones in the class means that teachers can also educate them on how and when to respectfully use their cell phones. Banning cell phones is a simplistic solution to a complex problem. In an article by The Star, allowing cell phones in the classroom allows students to learn self-control.
Finally, in Tiana’s debate, she argued that cell phones should only be allowed in high school classes. For one, cell phones can cause health issues in youth. The rise of cyberbullying has led to major mental health risks, and we can help prevent that by banning cell phones in elementary and middle schools. For another, the reason why cell phones should be in high school is that cell phones can be used to teach students appropriate technology use in adulthood. Another good point is that workplaces rarely ban cell phones, and if school is used to help students be ready for the workforce then how can we ban them in schools?
In the end, the class kept their stance on cell phones. I myself voted to keep cell phones in high school classes, but they shouldn’t be allowed in elementary. Students should be able to learn the responsibility of having technology at their fingertips, but only once they are old enough to learn those responsibilities.