Not all of us agree on cell phone etiquette in public, but we’re talking cell phones in education here. The only thing cell phones can provide in the classroom is interference.
Some school professionals claim that it’s too big of a battle to prevent students from using their phones in class. We say — tough. Enforce it. Our children’s education depends on it.
These teachers and administrators use the absurd reasoning that the students can utilize their phones to look things up. We’re pretty sure that’s why there are computers in every classroom. Heck, several schools even provide their students with iPads to use in the classroom.
And don’t forget about those rectangular paper things — books. And that big room with all the shelves — oh, yeah, the library.
Distractions in the classroom should not be tolerated. We rely on the education of our children to provide them with the necessary tools to someday make decisions for and lead our communities.
It’s up to the school administrators to provide the best education possible for our students. That includes an environment that encourages learning as opposed to hindering it.
Allowing cell phones in classrooms does not benefit anyone in the long run. Parents, teachers, school administrators: help enforce the cell phone ban in our area schools.
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