Why Cellphones Should
Not be Banned in School
Youngstown State University
This paper was prepared for English 1551, Section 9-9:50, taught by Professor Dickey
Cellphones have become a growing trend throughout the generations for most of the population currently has an active cellphone. Not only have they grown to be a prime form of contact but they have also managed to help track a person’s day to day lives. As technology continues to grow, phones become more and more time consuming by providing more applications. Although these applications have become more convenient towards humanity, they can also serve as a distraction from the world around them. The problem arises when students are placed into a learning environment with cellphones. On the other hand, why would having such a device on them during school become a problem when outside of their education they will have this device with them at all times? What is to come when an emergency arises and outside contact is required? Why are cellphones frowned upon when, given the proper applications, they can serve as a valuable learning tool? As phones have grown to become “smarter”, they have become an informational source that can help guide people towards the proper answer. As a result, phones should not be banned from schools. To begin, with today’s day and age, cellphones have grown to become useful in almost every job available. As stated by Soskil, “If we are preparing our students for life after school, we should allow them to use the tools they will be using when they get there. How many jobs can you think of right now where a smart phone is not beneficial? Mechanics order parts on their phone, engineers view blueprints, doctors calculate dosages, and grocers check inventory. The list is endless. By the time our students enter their professions the need to utilize mobile technology will be even stronger. Not preparing our students for that world is negligent”. This goes on to show how much the generation gap has played on the world. Although most adults did not grow up using cellphones, most may admit that cellphones have provided an increase in the productivity of the work force. Furthermore, by providing students with cellphones, they are becoming capable of contacting outside help when placed in a tough or dangerous situation. As shown in “Your Turn,” Garrison quotes, “We feel cellphones are a source of communication that allows students to keep in touch with their parents or caretakers after school. Cellphones can save lives and are seen as safety tools in many ways”. With that in mind, by allowing students to keep their cellphones with them, they are potentially safer in a dangerous situation. They are allowing them to keep in contact with the outside world and provide information on their whereabouts. Not only does it help a student but it also provides relief for a parent which was shown by Kennedy in Using Cellphones in School, with the quote, “Any parent will tell you that his worst nightmare is not knowing where his child is. A thousand gut wrenching scenarios run through his mind: Is my child ok? Has she been kidnapped? In an accident?”. Furthermore, because of the growing use of applications that a phone may do, cellphones are becoming a productive and fun way to teach students. As stated by Higgins in More Schools use Cellphones as Learning Tools, this is shown in the following statement: “With mobile apps and the Internet at their fingertips, teachers and students are now using phones as clickers to answer questions, providing feedback on student progress, and also to document labs, collaborate on group projects and capture teachers' notes, Milman said”. Students will do what they want when they want to, for the most part, so it’s hard to tell them that they are not allowed to use their phones when it is a natural part of their everyday lives. So instead of trying to...
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