Jenn Savedge of Mother Nature Network recently posted an article about the effect of electronics (mainly cell phones) in the classroom. As she mentions, recent studies have shown that grades are significantly improved upon the introduction of an "electronics ban". Researchers at the London School of Economics, the University of Texas, and Louisiana State University determined that a ban on cell phones led to test scores being increased by 6 percent. Students who were having a particularly difficult time academically saw increases of 14 percent.
"Our conclusion is that unstructured use of phones in schools has a negative impact, mainly for kids at the bottom half of the class,” Murphy continued. “Schools should consider having a policy restricting phone use."
When I was in high school, cell phones were just beginning to develop into the miniature computers they have become today. In class, they were strictly used for texting until the iPhone made its debut towards the end of my high school career. Even then, it was hard to keep my thumbs from quietly communicating with friends in both the same and different classrooms. I can't imagine how difficult it must be for students of today to tear away from their personal screens to focus on math, languages, art, and all the other valuable lessons learned in school.
How would you feel if your child was banned from using cell phones in the classroom? Would you be nervous for their well-being in case of an emergency or do you think it would help them focus and perform higher on tests?
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