Thursday, April 28, 2016

Why Phones Don’t Belong in School

A recent Los Angeles Times’ article reveals that teachers across America must compete with students’ phones for attention. Matt Miles, a high school teacher from Fairfax County, Virginia, says the problem is getting worse: “Whereas 5 years ago, I could quietly ask the one rebellious student to put his or her phone away with no real interruption to class, doing that today would require multiple conversations with a majority of my class.”
The push for students to use phones while at school, and even during class, comes from this generation of preteens and teens who — as illustrated by the recent documentary Screenagers — struggle to stop playing with their phones. Adding fuel to the fire are tech pundits who claim that smartphones provide learning opportunities for children. Parents, too, may want to communicate by phone with their kids throughout the school day.
But new research is questioning the wisdom of allowing phones in school, as studies reveal this practice is putting students’ learning and safety at risk...


  1. It is a good idea for kids to have phones so they can readily call 911 if and when it's necessary.

    1. That's not what they are being used for.

    2. Granted, and the real winners here are the service providers feeding their greed.
      Illusion of safety and distracted learning are the benefits that students receive.
      Perhaps, they can wire the schools with classroom panic buttons as a happy medium.


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