Do Cell Phones Have a Place at School?

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Do Cell Phones Have a Place at School?

Eighth-grader Megan Hallinan checks her call phone.

Eighth-grader Megan Hallinan checks her call phone.

Mila Lopez

Eighth-grader Megan Hallinan checks her call phone.

Mila Lopez

Mila Lopez

Eighth-grader Megan Hallinan checks her call phone.

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The cell phone rule has been established because students tend to get distracted by the cell phone, which disrupts their learning. It can also be disrespectful to the teacher who is teaching a class of 20 students It is all wasted when none of them are paying attention and are all on their phones. Yet phones also can be helpful.  Instead of writing down everything the teacher writes on the board, you can just use your phone and take a picture of it. Students in fifth, sixth and eighth-grade classes had a range of opinions on having their phones at school.

In Ms. Natalie Williams’ fifth-grade class.  11 out of 21 students have a phone.  Zosia Bair said she uses her phone “so I can call my dad when I’m at my mom’s and call my mom when I’m at my dad’s.” She thinks Saint John should change the cell phone policy so “we can go on it in case of an emergency.” Parker Armstrong, who doesn’t have a phone, thinks Saint John School should change its phone policy.  He said, “Yes, because if you have an emergency you would need to get a hold of your parents.”  He thinks he probably will get a phone when he is in eighth grade.

In Mrs. Janae Smith’s eighth-grade class, every one of the 23 students have a phone. When asked when they got their first phone, MaryEl Wells said she was in sixth grade and Jayson Howard said he was 10 years old.  Jayson favors changing the policy.  “Yes, because we were allowed to use phones at my old school, and we were very productive,” he said.

In Miss Katie Neal’s sixth-grade class, Lauren Nguyen and Henry Gausepohl would both like to see the phone policy changed.  Lauren, who has a phone, also agreed that “we should be able to use our phones in class.”  She said, “so we can take pictures of stuff and we won’t have to carry text books around.” Henry Gausepohl who doesn’t have a phone, said, “Yes, because if we forget a textbook, you can just have a picture of it on your phone.”

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