Instructor Ms. Reeves
October 29th, 2012
Debate Class Presentation
The Contraries of having Cell Phones in High Schools
Cell-phone use is becoming more and more common among students. According to CTIA-The Wireless Association, 79% of teenagers (about 17 million) have a mobile device. This has created problems in schools all over the country, which now face the daily distractions of students who want to text, play games, or browse the Internet on their cell phones. The question of whether cell phones should be allowed in schools has been hotly debated over the years. The reality is, bans on cell phones are hard for schools to enforce. A 2010 Pew Internet & American Life Project study found that 65 percent of cell-owning teens at schools that completely ban phones bring their phones to school every day anyway. The contraries of having cell phones in high schools have several reasons such as cheating, distraction and non- safety.
Forget passing handwritten notes underneath desks or inking your arm with essential math formulas before a killer test. If students today want to cheat, they have a more insidious tool at their disposal: cell phones. Smart phones and other applications such as calculator in particular can be used to cheat on tests and quizzes. Take a picture of the test, send it to your buddy, and get a text back with the answer. Or send it to someone who wants to know what's on the test. The calculator function can be used to cheat on math tests. Having the Internet on the phone provides for an opportunity to cheat. Students can refer to the Internet for answers on a test, or they could text an accomplice for the answers. They could also photograph information from a textbook and use that to cheat in the test. Neither of these acts leads to any sort of education for the students, but on the other hand, discourages them from working hard. The risk of potential cheating on academics is one of the main...