Phone restrictions too strict in classroom

Students have been using cell phones consistently in their daily lives for almost a decade, but many public schools continue to resist allowing the devices into the classroom. Schools generally now have laptops or iPads, but see the cell phones’ reputation as a nuisance and a distraction.

“In my class I don’t allow my students to have their phones out in class because they can be distracting, since they go off all the time.” Katy Weeks, an Pre-AP English teacher said.

For some students they may use their cell phones during class time for instructional purposes with the teacher’s permission, during lunch, and between classes. But phones must be silent and out of sight during instructional time.

“Honestly I use my phone even when the teacher doesn’t want me to.. ‘Cause all I do is listen to music? Why should I put away my phone if I’m working?” freshman Logan Parmenter said.

Students could conveniently take their music with them and also conveniently tune out any undesirable noise. Within this cocoon of music, students feel safe and protected.

“I mean understand the phone policy but it doesn’t mean I agree with it, I just wish teachers were less strict with it.” freshman Jacquelyn Benavides said.