Some Massachusetts schools are banning cellphones this year


Some schools in Massachusetts, including Dartmouth High, are banning cell phones in the classroom, but not everyone agrees and they have their reasons.

Yes, in a few weeks the school year will start and parents, as well as teachers, have a lot to think about when it comes to what is best for their children’s education.

Schools across the country are starting to crack down on cell phone use in class and many are going further and requiring students to hand over their cell phones before going to class.

This will be the case at Dartmouth High starting this fall, when students will be asked to store their cellphones at the start of each class in what the school calls a “cell hotel”. Vice-Principal Ryan Shea unveiled the plan at the school committee’s last meeting.

“Students check in and put their phones there” before classes start, he said, noting that students would still be reachable in the event of a family emergency and able to use their phones for homework. specific learning when authorized by teachers.

“Every time we get an alert, every time we get a text, every time we get a buzz, our eyes avert from our learning, and that’s the reason for politics,” Shea said.

The move is also designed to reduce student anxiety about everything they do being recorded and shared by their peers, Shea added.

Cell phones have become quite a distraction. Let’s face it. You’re probably on one right now.

I contacted a teacher from SouthCoast to find out what she thought of cell phones.

“Bans don’t work,” said Kristy Dupuis, a teacher at the local middle school/high school — which I can believe, considering it’s human nature to do what you’re told you can’t. “It’s more about setting expectations and managing across different school spaces.”

In Dartmouth, students who violate the new phone-free classrooms rule will be required to attend a five-minute “post-session” after the first offense, 30 minutes after the second offense and 60 minutes after the third offense. A fourth offense will result in a parent meeting, Shea said.

I was happy to have a mother’s point of view. Acushnet’s Bethany Jay said, “My kids go to a school where cell phones aren’t allowed. And I love it.”

I wish they didn’t allow cell phones at work; it was a serious distraction. So I agree with Jay to a certain extent.

Many people agree that mobile phones have also become a tool for education, with a wealth of knowledge at our children’s fingertips.

It’s hard to say what the right thing to do here is. I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

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