Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cell Phone Use In Schools

NPR's All Things Considered story on Cell Phone Use among all teens. We're now above 75% daily users.

A. This begs many questions. Should we stop banning cell phones from Class?
B. How could we use cells in class?
C. How could they be used to be environmentally friendly?
D. Who has a strong argument against their class use?

I, for one, want to rid our schools of expensive, wasteful, useless paper planners. The cell phone can do the same thing and better.



  1. When I was living in Milwaukee, there were students in one of the high schools who called out to older teens to participate in a fight. If you let cell phones in the classroom, you will have to deal with all of the other kids in your school at once. If the students were to use phones only as organizers, I would be OK with their use.

  2. Cris,

    A agree with you there. However, banning cell phones does not mean that students will actually stop bringing them to class and to school. Cells are here to stay, so we might as well use them to our benefit too.

    I've heard about cell phone's role in fights, however, I don't think that the solution to large fights, or fighting can come from limiting specific behaviors. I often wonder why we have such large secondary schools. Kids get lost in the mix, and relationships that matter are hard to foster. My graduating class was 640 students, and the school I'm currently at has about 60 this year in our 12th grade. In total our k-12 school has about 750 students.

    No I know that I'm at an international private school in Europe, and that is very different than the US is. However, I think that schools that look more like mine could become more common in the US given some effort. We would see a huge drop in violence and, I believe from what I've read, a higher GPA and lower drop out rates...