Tuesday, April 16, 2024
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Smartphone bans pondered in US schools

You can take their smartphones, but you’ll never take their freedom. James Madison High School in Houston was locked down earlier this month after students “stormed out of their classrooms” to protest a new ban on cellphones in school, the New York Post said. The student body had been in an “uproar” over rules that required them to leave their phones at the front desk at the beginning of each school day. But Principal Edgar Contreras said phone use by students had been disruptive — and had even “been at the center of fights that have broken out at our school.”

Educators nationwide are dealing with an array of phone-related disruptions, said The Associated Press. Students use their phones to “send Snapchat messages in class” as well as “listen to music and shop online” while they should be paying attention to their lessons. “Students used to have an understanding that you aren’t supposed to be on your phone in class,” said one Los Angeles high school teacher. “Those days are gone.” 

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