|A Pace Odyssey||
Many teachers and school admin struggle with the use of cell phones in school on an almost daily basis. Many schools have banned cell phone use because they believe them to have a negative impact on learning. This is a widespread and widely debated topic, and there are many differing views on it.
One point of view is that children being allowed to have their phones in school can provide them with an elevated learning experience because they can have immediate access to research anything that they need. Another school of thought is from the parents. The parents believe that they should have control over whether or not they allow there kids to take phones to school or not, and that the school should stay out of it. Most parents believe that the schools banning phones in the classroom is an extreme measure. They want to be able to have immediate contact with their kids while they are traveling to school, in school, or on the way home from school. However, this doesn't mean that the parents are blind to the distractions that cell phones can cause.
Many cell phone providers offer the capabilities of parents to prevent their children from accessing certain things, like the internet, unless they're allowed to. This can help with the control of cell phone use in schools. Parents want the ability to decide without the school making the decision for them. Most schools, even if they haven't banned cell phones, have rules regarding the use of phones. For example, they must be on silent, they can only be used during passing periods, etc. This is another subject for debate, as banning phones in schools is no longer just a black and white issue, it's a more widespread litany of differing opinions and options, and no one has been able to quite agree on any of them.
The many trains of thought are always battling for advantage in this ongoing debate. What is your opinion on phone use in schools? Is it a benefit, or a deficit? Do you think that the schools should have the right to ban cells phones even being present, or should that decision be left to the parents?