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Cell phones are a crucial tool for today’s students

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Ever since the candidates for DHS’s new principal visited the school, rumors began flying around about policies and rules to be implemented once outgoing Principal John Gould’s position was filled. One of the most disconcerting reports was the news that cellphones and backpacks would be banned from all classrooms and ordered to stay within lockers at all times.

Whether this is true, or merely gossip, it would come as no shock if members of the administration were in favor of this guideline. Teachers are constantly complaining about phones in the classroom, implementing tools such as boxes and buckets to collect the devices and prohibit their use.

However, as students, and members of a high-tech, 21st century world, having a cellphone on call has almost become a necessity and common standard.

It’s safe to say that the majority of high school students own a cellphone, and as much as they can be a form of distraction from time to time, the pros heavily outweigh the cons when considered from the perspective of a student.

What many authority figures fail to realize is that cellphones are used for so much more than just texting friends and scrolling through social media in the midst of a class. “We use them as a source of communication,” said junior Kailey Humason, “especially for sports.”

When a game or practice is cancelled, an announcement isn’t made until five minutes before the end of the day, leaving barely any time to make arrangements regarding the circumstances. A change as such can lead to plans becoming skewed, especially for students who can’t yet drive and are left not knowing how they’ll arrive home.

With phones, students are notified of cancellations via either a tweet or text during the school day, letting them know with ample time to work out any issues that may arise.

In our hectic lives, cluttered with extracurricular activities and outside responsibilities, holding the power of communication at your fingertips is an asset. With life’s constant unpredictability, there will always be certain situations in which the unexpected comes about.  Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time, and school is no exception to the rule.

Two years ago, when I ran for student council, I showed up to Student Council Adviser Lynn Vicente’s room the day that nomination forms were due and handed in my paper. To my surprise, there was a back side to the sheet that required a parent signature. The paper was handed back to me, and I was told to somehow get it signed before the end of the day or else I’d be ineligible to run.

Thankfully my mother was off from work that day and was able to meet me in the main lobby to sign my form, and I was allowed to enter the election. However, without my phone, this story would’ve had a less happy ending, and a great opportunity would have been missed.

Having access to a cellphone allows for students to work out a situation. For example, if a student accidentally forgot a binder at home, they could text a parent asking them to either deliver the binder to the school or fax a note, allowing them to pick it up themselves.

Phones can also be used within the classroom as a resource to the lesson whether it be as a calculator, a search engine, or a document reader.

For backpacks, it’s a matter of general convenience, making life easier for students and in turn their teachers.

“We have a ton of books as students, and without backpacks we’d have to go to our lockers between each period,” said Humason.

The passing periods don’t offer much wiggle room for things other than walking to and from class, especially if the previous and subsequent happen to be on opposite ends of the school. Adding the factor of locker visits between every block would ensure a greater chance of students arriving late to class.

Backpacks can hold anything and everything for students: the essentials such as books, binders, calculators, pens, and pencils, as well as the things which we don’t necessarily need but are helpful to have like water, snacks, hair ties, ChapStick, tissues, etc.

Backpacks also carry items that aren’t necessary for school, but are for life. “What if a girl gets her period,” said sophomore Caroline Casey. “There’re things that we really do need for that and not having them with us would just make the whole thing even more inconvenient.”

I can’t imagine what argument could be made against having backpacks, other than the fact that they can hold cell phones within them, but the action of carrying a phone on you is a benefit rather than a detriment.

NEXT ISSUE: The teachers get their say on cell phones in school.

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9 Responses to “Cell phones are a crucial tool for today’s students”

  1. Anthony on April 28th, 2017 1:31 pm

    I agree that cell phones can play a crucial role in education, but there are negatives that should be addressed.

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  2. hannah perry on April 28th, 2017 1:44 pm

    i think cellphones are fine in school. as long as they are used at the proper time. in my opinion if teachers allowed us to use our cellphones more it would be useful. when i have headphones in and im listening to my music in my own world im way more focused than if i didn’t have them in. i dont talk to people and i focus on my work. also if i needed something that i forgot at home i could send a text to my mom. i agree with his article

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  3. ethan on April 28th, 2017 1:46 pm

    i think that phones should be kept the way they are now because when i need my phone for a project i am working on i look it up and find the answer. My phone helps me throughout my school day.

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  4. Catrina on April 28th, 2017 1:53 pm

    Cell phone use in schools do have it’s pros and cons. I agree that cell phones have a great use whether it’s looking up something in class or using it as a calculator. I also agree that it’s easier to text a parent if you forgot something or other personal reasons. I completely agree with this article! I feel as though as high school students, we should be mature and responsible enough to use our cell phones wisely and a good time in school and not use it as a distraction.

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  5. Kaylee Gemme on April 28th, 2017 1:57 pm

    Technology is such a huge part of the twenty first century and I think being allowed to use or phones, to even have the opportunity to is incredible. We have calculators and access to the internet which help us is a huge help. As long as we are using our phones wisely then i think we should be able to use them in every class.

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  6. Tom on April 28th, 2017 2:00 pm

    Technology is great, public education isn’t. Case closed.

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  7. Annelise Frias on April 28th, 2017 8:17 pm

    I liked this article a lot. I highly agree that there are definitely advantages to having your phone by your side in school along with your backpack. Especially using it as a tool to help you in school, such as using your reminder app. I constantly put in when a test is going to be, or as simple as putting in a certain homework I need to do. Having the connection with family members at home too is a necessity, especially if I’m in need of something. Backpacks generally should be by our sides as well for the same reasons that is already said, everything needed with us.

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  8. Jordan on April 30th, 2017 12:58 pm

    Having cellphones can be beneficial if used properly, but obviously governing the use can be difficult among a whole school

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  9. Ethan Machado on May 1st, 2017 1:18 pm

    Using cell phones in school definitely has its advantages and disadvantages. They have become a huge part of everyday life and are great tools. However they can be just as much as a distraction as it can be a tool. With access to social media and endless internet surfing I can see how their is some controversy on where to draw the line for in school cell phone use.

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