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Cellphone Use Rides a Fine Line

by Megan Whitehouse and Joseph Osborne

Cellphones have become such an essential part of our lives that the average person looks at their phone approximately 150 times a day, according to mobliemarketer.com. Because of this, cellphones have become a largely discussed issue in schools. The big question is whether or not students should be allowed to use their cellphones in class.

A poll of 20 La Cueva students showed that the average number of classes they can use their phone in is two. However, the numbers ranged from zero to four.

Michael Westerburg, junior, noted that phones can be a good thing to have in class. “I think that listening to music while doing work is okay.”

Although, Ryan Weeks, sophomore, stated “It depends, only for school work.”

There may be a fine line between cellphones adding to student learning experiences or becoming a distraction.  Several times a day during classes, students cannot help but feel that using their cellphone would be of benefit.  Cellphones offer easy access to definitions, translations for speakers of other languages, and the most up to date information about current events, but  restrictive school policies prohibit their use in any situation.

According to the La Cueva Discipline Matrix, on the first offense of an electronic device violation, the device will be taken away and returned to parents the following day. It’s ironic that at high school students are expected to act like adults and yet still have to involve parents in such insignificant matters.

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1 Comment

  1. Shaya Golafshani says:

    I believe students should always ask permission from teachers before using their cellphone to make sure doing so is appropriate. If a teacher has specifically told the class that no cellphone use is allowed, the student should abide accordingly. Ultimately, it is up to the student to follow the rules that have been established and just like an adult, the student will face the punishment imposed.

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