Cell Phones and the School System

No matter what the policy, students will always keep their cell phones close at hand. It may seem to the school board that they can do something about the ongoing texting spree that occurs in classrooms of high schools all across America, but the students feel differently. Right now Dr. Leichlieter is examining the cell phone policy and considering loosening the rules on cell phones in school.

Texting isn’t necessarily the most dangerous thing students can be doing in their learning environment. Being a high school student, I know that I am perfectly capable of learning while texting. I do agree that while a teacher is speaking it may be rude to pull out your phone and text, but that isn’t the only time that texting is taking place. Many students walk in the halls, and in order not to be rude by pulling their phone out during class, they wait until the opportune time between classes. However, even though these students have attempted to be kind to their teachers and wait, the teachers will just turn around and snag your phone from you will while you’re walking in the hall.

Is that really necessary? Is it really that big of a deal that students may have something to say to each other while between classes? After all, our generation is known for being the most adjusted to technology, so this shouldn’t be taken away from us. Technology is definitely a large part of my life in many aspects. I know that many adults may look down on texting, or not approve of it in some sort of protest on the dependency on technology.

But many of us are well-aware that texting is not the only use of a cell phone that students may be taking advantage of. Many cell phones have a calculator or calendar that will come in handy during class time. There have been many times where I haven’t had a calculator but I’ve had my cell phone right in my pocket, and I’ve attempted to use it. Some teachers understand that this is not big deal however other teachers act as though you’ve just committed a felony and the world is going to end when they see you slide open your phone and press a few keys.

Technology is coming into schools from all angles, from the smart boards, to new computers, and new software available to students. It would only be logical to allow a high school student’s favorite technology to be allowed into their school. There are many advantages to cell phones, especially many of the newer models, and having them in school may be beneficial. Cell phones include applications such as calendars, calculators, timers, the internet and its many sources, and video recording (which could be used during an experiment in a science class or any other important events).

Personally, I think that if students were granted the opportunity to use their cell phones in school, they would not exploit the new privilege. I believe that many students would still be somewhat respectful and not go completely crazy with the new rule. The administration might as well recognize that no matter what they do, students are going to text in school, it’s just the question of whether or not they have been allowed to do so. Until Penn Manor decides to lighten up on their cell phone policy, they will be stock-piling cell phones in the office until the end of time.

By: Abby Wilson

Comments

  1. Ellen Pollock says:

    Abby,

    Thanks for this very thoughtful analysis of cell phones and the school system. I couldn’t agree with you more that technology is part of a student’s world and they should not have to “power down” when they enter the front doors of the school building. As administrators, our dilemma, and why we are looking at new policies, is how to help all students be responsible users of technology. Sometimes we need help understanding too – a lot of us are new to forms and tools of technology that are second nature to your generation. We’re working on it!

  2. Here’s a list of reasons why this probably won’t happen.

    1. Considered disrespectful to use in class
    2. Students may bump into each other during the 8 minutes of walking from class to class
    3. Ringtones and other noises the phone may make while being accessed (some people will probably become lazy and then simply leave their phones sound on because they’re allowed to use it)
    4. The internet, this can help kids with tests/homework and teachers don’t especially like the idea of outside aid for math problems that about 90% of the school will probably never use again outside of the school
    5. Freshman…everybody knows one. Everybody knows how immature they will act if given this privilege, and they will ruin it for the upperclassmen