Cell Phones Should Be Banned from Classrooms

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Buzzzzzzzzzz! Another cellphone is going off in the middle of class, causing her to blush and discreetly check her new text message. A virtual conversation is buzzing back and forth inside one classroom and into the classroom across the hall, having a discussion about the party that night or the lipstick color chosen at the mall. In another classroom, a student posts the answers to the English exams on her profile page, allowing all of her buddies to read and use for their time of the exam. There are multiple examples of students using their cell phones during class time to communicate their thoughts, images of their environment or dangerous crimes. In addition, the percentage of students with cellphones now soars to about 80% (Ban). This highly increases the chance for students to have a cell phones on them during school. Cell phones can also be harmful to students during class, taking them into another world of technology, separated from the classroom, and turning them down a road of decisions they never intended on doing. Overall, cell phones alter classroom learning in a negative way, and should be banned from use in the classroom at all schools. One reason that cell phones should be banned from classrooms is because students who use them fall into a daze of distracted learning. Classes are taught by teachers, whose goal is to give the student an educational experience, learning things they will need to apply to their later life. However, students on their cellphones are distracted from their learning and never use the lessons taught. Over 2,000 cellphone disturbances were reported in New York City in the past school year (Backstory). This means that over 2,000 people had issues with cellphones interrupting classroom discussi... ... middle of paper ... ...o Secondary School Teachers' Federation n.pag. Web. 30 Oct 2012. . "Backstory: 'Ringing' in the school year; New York City fights over whether to allow cellphones in schools, echoing a debate nationwide." Christian Science Monitor 18 July 2006: 20. Gale Student Resources In Context. Web. 29 Oct. 2012. Birnbaum, Michael. "Turn Off the Cell and Tune In." Washington Post (Washington, DC). 19 Jun 2010: A.1. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 30 Oct 2012. de Vise, Daniel. "Students Crave a Break on Cellphone Ban." Washington Post (Washington, DC). 01 Jun 2009: A.1. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 30 Oct 2012. Honawar, Vaishali. "Cellphones in Classrooms Land Teachers on Online Video Sites." Education Week Vol. 27, No. 11. Nov. 7 2007: 1+. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 26 Oct 2012

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