Should cellphones be banned in classrooms? New research suggests yes
Majority of today’s youth cannot imagine a life without cellphones. How could it be so if according to the studies, an average American child gets his or her first cellphone at the age of six, and it only goes higher from there?
Researchers from the University of Texas and Louisiana State University found that when schools employed a cellphone prohibition across campus, student’s test scores increased by as much as six percent. According to a survey, reported by the Education Week researchers found that fifty-one percent of all high school students carry along a smartphone with them to class every day.
The authors of the study, as reported by The Conversation acclaimed, “We found that the impact of banning phones for these students equivalent to an additional hour a week in school, or to increasing the school year by five days”.
A research study surveyed schools in Birmingham, London, Leicester and Manchester, England, where the school officials were asked about their unique cell phone policies that had been implemented by them since 2001, and then such policies were compared to student success levels. By 2007, fifty percent of the schools in the study had decided to ban cellphones; and in 2012, 98 percent of schools weren’t allowing cellphones on school campus.
In the year 2007, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg employed a statewide cellphone ban in classrooms, which affected more than one million school children, and the ban wasn’t taken down very well. It led to Bloomberg hearing complaints from several displeased students and parents, while others took him to court over this policy.
Bill de Blasio and the New York Department of Education lifted the ban saying, “Parents should be able to call or text their kids,”
Though many teachers say that cellphones offer too much of a distraction for students, others admit that cellphones can be useful in the classroom for taking notes or doing research, but in a monitored way.