why we should have cellphones in school
If a student decides to bring his or her cell phone to school, there is a possibility that they would use it in class while no one knows. Then, once they get used to doing that, they will start texting while they take a test. This can cause a big increase in cheating. Making calls is one function a "smart" phone can perform. The point of school is in part to socialize the child and to contextualize information. A phone may give access, but usually it is a teacher how interprets and breaks down information for the student. School and learning often times requires long spans of undivided attention. Do you really think a child has the wisdom needed to use a phone properly? More often, they use it to play around, for mere entertainment. Though entertainment is important, school is primarily meant to educate. A phone often times just causes an unnecessary distraction. I work with children on a daily basis and many of them use phones for mere social purposes, such as to perpetuate gossip amongst themselves, to take pictures with friends and to make videos of themselves dancing. I'm not opposed to these uses, but during school hours they should be focused on learning. So many of them can't read and those who can have a hard time sifting through information. No one's life is dependent on a student having a phone, except perhaps in very few cases, and not enough to justify having them a cell phone during school hours. Cell phones are a source of electromagnetic fields, radiation which creates change in anything it comes into contact with. EMFs emanate from mobile phones and because of how phones are used, these EMFs come into direct contact with the brain. More than a dozen studies have linked using a cell phone for a long period of time -- ten years or more -- with a higher incidence of brain tumors and acoustic neuromas. These critical diagnoses are even more common when phones aren't switched from one side of the head to the other when engaged in conversation. Á Evidence of leukemia, breast cancer and other cancers. Á Neurological concerns and changes in the nervous system. Á A much higher risk of salivary gland tumors. A study from the Medical University of Graz in Austria showed that cell phone use negatively affects sperm quality in men. A similar study from 2009 examined men in the height of their reproductive years and found infertility and the ability to father a healthy baby were compromised by cell phone usage. Cells phones are also a source of perfluorooctanoic acid, a harmful chemical which has been linked to heart disease, cancer and female reproductive/developmental damage. Cell phones are not the only problem. Cell phone towers, as well as other wireless devices, are responsible for contributing non-ionizing radio frequencies into the environment. Both the World Health Organization and the International Association for Research on Cancer have classified the electromagnetic fields emitted by cell phones as a 2B, possible carcinogen. The towers and the phones themselves are constantly emitting microwave radiation. Even when cell phones are not in use they are putting out EMFs.
ÁRing ring. Á Cell phones are an unstoppable force and they should not be used in the classroom. What can we do? Well, there are many things we can do when a cell phone is found on a student. The phone will be confiscated and a phone home will be required. The child doesn't need a cell phone, the school has one in almost every room. Cell phones even interfered with a test. One kid in Texas took a picture of a test and printed them out and sold them. Suite101. com says that phones can detonate real bombs. If there's anyone who can defend against that do so because I would like to see you try. Cell phones have now gone from a call home to cheating on tests too putting kids life in danger. I am doing a research project on this topic and most say yes. I say no because of the chance of murder because of during a lock down crazed the made man or women could find the sound of the phone and kill or take the children hostage. And who needs to call there family during class? I saw on the Internet that the brain cells can get damaged because of the radiation they give off that damages the brain. The brain cells can't take the wave so they break. Plus we are losing personal contact because we text, e-mail, call, and don't go outside, we're becoming couch potatoes. As a student, I think it is very important for students to be allowed to use their cell phones. Cell phones can help students get a lot of important information. Also in my school there is only one phone for a school with over 1,000 students. If there were to be an emergency, the time that it takes 1,000 students to call their parents is a waste of time. It would be a lot easier to just call your parents from your own cell phone. Also I think that students should be allowed to use their phones if they need to contact their parents to know where to pick them up and what time. Another reason why students should be able to use their phones during a regular school day with out it being taken away is because if a student is absent during a class, a quick text or call to explain the work that they missed would help them get the work in on time. Let alone allowing cell phones in school. the fact that it isn't allowed already is not enough to stop pupils using their phones anyway. If phones were allowed, the teachers will be talking to 1 or 2 students only as the rest will be either on the web, viewing pictures or even texting a friend. and you never know you might also see students calling their fellow student friend who is having a class next door. I am sure they are not stupid enough to allow cell phones in schools. I think that cell phones are dangerous because in the event of an emergency if the children are trying to call their parents the signal could be blocked or overloaded and they wouldn't be able to contact authorities to help. It also may be a distraction during classes and they may fail tests. No, cell phones should not be allowed in school. I think that they are a huge distraction and interfere with the students' learning. While students may not make phone calls while in class, they can still sneak and text. , which gets in the way of doing what they are in school to do - learn.
Although students have been using cell phones consistently in their daily lives for almost a decade, many public schools continue to resist allowing the devices into the classroom.
Schools generally grapple with new technologies, but cell phones reputation as a nuisance and a distraction has been hard to dislodge. Recently, however, theá acceptance of these devices has been growing. Beginning in March, New York City, the largest school district in the country with 1. 1 million students, will á on cell phones in schools. The ban, which was implemented by the Bloomberg administration, butá Mayor Bill De Blasio championed the policy change, saying that he thought it was important for parents to be able to easily contact their kids. Will more districts around the country follow? Liz Kolb, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Education and author of Toys to Tools: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education, says its already happening. According to Kolb, close to 70 percent of schools that had cell phone bans in place five years ago are reversing their policies. ÁFirst it was a very slow domino fall, and now we re seeing more ofá a tidal wave,Á Kolb explains. ÁPart of it is because itÁs hard to fight the tidal wave and thereÁs so many students with cell phones. The second part is that theyÁre really seeing them as a learning tool, not just a toy for entertainment, and theyÁre seeing that they can be cost effective for the schools instead of having to purchase technology for students. Á Critics believe, however, that allowing these devicesá will only encourage their non-educational use in school, to the point where they will be a significant distractioná for teachers and students and a potential tool for cheating. A specific concern for parents and educatorsá is that lifting the cell phone ban could foster cyberbullying and sexting during school hours. NYC school officials are already taking steps, hoping to decrease the amount of sexting and cyberbullying overall. Educators continue toá have mixed opinions about cell phones in the classroom. We recently posed the question on the page and received a wide variety of responses. In Becky DieffenbachÁs opinion, bringing their own devices Ájust becomes a source of distraction for some students, because no matter how many times you repeat the rule that they can only be on technology when the teacher says it s ok, they choose to ignore the rule and then disciplinary actions have to be enforced. Á ÁStudents persistently use them a great deal for personal interactions via social media when they should be paying attention to what is going on in class,Á according to Connie Fawcett, a high school teacher in Oklahoma. Based on her personal experiences, Fawcett Ácan see few positives outcomes for cell phones in the classroom, but it is becoming the new norm. Learning is going to suffer even more. What students gain from using them to support instruction will be lost due to the distraction factor, which appears to be much more appealing and fulfilling to many.
Á Other teachers disagree and urge educators to accept the inevitability of cell phones in school and learn how to make them work in the classroom. ÁWe need to stop pushing against the technology and start embracing it,Á says Amber Schaefer, an elementary school teacher in Minnesota. ÁThe more we push back, the more we separate ourselves from students. It is time to incorporate and collaborate instead of ban and punish. Á ÁIt would be nice if they weren t part of the school picture, á adds New York teacher Barbara McConnell, but they are, so let s use them to our advantage. Á Beyond the classroom, many educators believe that banning any type of technology can fosterá inequity. In New York City specifically, the school ban on cell phones was most stringently applied in schools with metal detectors, which also happen to be those with of low-income and minority students. a middle school math teacher in New York City and author of This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class and Education, agrees that theseá bans widen the gap between disadvantaged students and their peers. á He believes forbiddingá cell phones justá limits studentsÁ access to technology, especially for thoseá who attend urban schools. Endingá the ban in New York will mean students can Ácarry their cell phones into the building and not be treated like criminals and have to pay extra to leave it outside at the cellphone truck,Á Vilson says. Vilson, whoá uses all kinds of devices in his own classroom, doesn t believe that phonesá provide Ámuch more of a distraction than kids already have. It depends on how [educators]á approach the whole process. Á Once the new policy is in placeá starting in March, individual schools in New York City will be able to establish their own specific policies regarding cell phone use in the classroom, leaving many teachers to determine how they will react toá the devices in hallways and classrooms. Experts advise a cautious and well-researched approach. Liz Kolb urges schools to Ástart small. ÁDonÁt feel as if because students have the devices they have to be using them all the time, she explains. They just really need to be careful and thoughtful and take baby steps, and develop a nice protocol and rules and structures for how students physically handle the device in the classroom. Á Kolb points to some schools in Michigan thatá adopted new á straightforward rules and guidelines for educators that were designed to meetá the needs of students while addressing educatorsÁ concerns. Posted on classroom doors, for example, are signs indicating whether the students can use their devices. A green stoplight means they can use them; red means no. ÁThis allows students to know the expectations, and it also gives teachers autonomy over whether theyÁre going to use the cell phones,Á Kolb explains. ÁIt gives them a little bit of freedom. ItÁs a very simple policy, but itÁs also very effective. Á Photos: Associated Press
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