Article by Katherine Dolan - November 20, 2017
Cell phones are amazing, and that I say without a doubt. A person can call, text, Skype, Face Time, do research and type, among countless other applications, and it all fits in their pocket. I find cell phones are a useful tool in the student life as well. There are times when they are required for in-class assignments, or a student needs to keep up with groups and parents. The most commonly stated reason I hear for getting them is in case of an emergency.
However, all of this is supposed to be used in the boundaries set by school rules. Texting, taking and uploading pictures, and playing games does not go unnoticed in the classroom, and often results in the phone being taken away, or at very least the offender is told to put it away.
The offender is in a bad mood, the teacher has been interrupted and the class is put on hold for a few seconds, which over the course of the semester accumulates as wasted time. When phones are brought to school, they are called out for class use far less often than they are taken out of someone's pocket.
One of the big issues that arises with the possession of a cell phone is that they are distracting. Multiple social media sites are distracting to the owner and prevent the completion of assignments, but the presence of a phone or the music that is played unhealthily loud also becomes an annoyance to peers trying to focus.
Not everyone likes me saying all of this, but read what I have to say. Although what I have just mentioned is important, yet another problem seems prevalent. When a student is checking their Instagram or one of various other sites and accounts, what tends to be the similarity regardless of the time, class, or person? The phone is in their lap, under the desk or otherwise hidden. The next question is, why would someone hide a phone in class for any other reason than that they know it shouldn't be out. Therein lies the problem.
It must be the most irritating thing to have someone know the rules, but intentionally break them anyway. Phones have lead students to lie to a person's face, as well as throw insults across cyberspace to a person it may be meant for, or to make fun behind someone's back.
The reason I have written this is not just to lecture, but to warn. Is the text truly something that cannot wait? And is missing the instruction worth it? Your future is patient, but your education is now.
Even the patient cannot wait forever.