Students Should Be Allowed Their Phones in Classrooms

John Kim, Writer

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Cell phones have undoubtedly been incorporated into our daily lives as an essential device.

Recently however, there has been a movement to undo this trend: the French government has instituted a ban that would prevent student of age between three and fifteen from using cellphones at school.

The ban could potentially affect even students in the U.S., as the outcomes could influence American lawmakers to make similar proposals.

The French government’s decision to ban cell phones at school is unnecessary and defies the tides this century that is constantly incorporating technology to enhance education quality.

Especially with the rapid and steady improvement of technology that allows the availability of technology like cell phones, educators should be striving to look for ways to take advantage of the phenomenon rather than obstinately sticking to the old-school methods.

Cell phones, due to their universality and versatility, are truly a useful educational tool.

For example, numerous teachers in America implement Kahoot into their curriculum.

It is an extremely useful teaching tool for teachers and learning tool for students; Students enjoy interactive learning experience that also incorporates fun and technology.

Also due to their versatility, cell phones can also be an essential research tool when students are working on projects to search for additional facts.

The supporters of the ban claim that excessive cellphone use could have negative implications on students’ brains and state that cell phones could distract students (not just themselves, but also their classmates) and blur students’ focus on academics.

However, these arguments are preposterous. Not all students use their phones in irresponsible, disruptive way.

Taking away the privilege of cell phones usage only from certain disruptive students would be a more adequate way to deal with the issue.

Punishing the whole student population because of a disruptive minority is undemocratic.

The bill is a step backward into the past in which technology wasn’t as ubiquitous and versatile.

Law makers and educators should rather contrive of appropriate means of incorporating technology -particularly cell phones -into teenage education.

As technology is improving daily, educators should take advantage of this phenomenon. Cell phones are already an important part of students’ education; They serve important functions in various aspects of their educational lives, such as interactive activities and research.

Just having cell phones at one’s disposal opens up numerous educational opportunities, and taking away this privilege would be a step in the wrong direction.

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Students Should Be Allowed Their Phones in Classrooms