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Debate Score:113
Arguments:69
Total Votes:140
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Should cellphones be allowed in schools

Should cellphones be allowed in school? Even though they can be used for good reasons, like calling your parents to pick you up. Unfortunatly they are used for disruptive purposes also, like texing in class or playing games. So this is a tough decision, at least to me.

Yes

Side Score: 63
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No

Side Score: 50
3 points

Cellphones should be allowed in school cause during study time when you arent doing a test or anything you can cheat on , not all of us like to read a book , or do other work . texting is not that disruptive , and its relatively quiet , and hell it keeps the person busy. plus teachers and staff members in the school should not be able to take the phones away from kids because its not their property and their hands dont belong on it . its real simple . a student may text in class or play games on their cellphone or mp3 or ipod , to pass time , but teachers and staff members have no right putting their paws all over the students/parents property . its not fair to the student. the most you should do is , tell the student to put it away , dont sit up and take it from them that will only piss them off . and they will act up and disrupt the class . keep it casual , but staff and teachers make a huge deal over it when they say "texting is soooooo disruptive" its really not their just being dramatic.....BLEH!

Side: yes
2 points

I see your viewpoint of the argument on personal property, but remember that schools have rules established to deal with situations. I imagine at the beginning of the year you get a student handbook and sign off that you have read and understand the rules and agree to abide by them or face the consequences. There is most likely a rule that states that devices will be confiscated when used improperly, which you should be aware of. As to whether it is "fair" or not is a whole different argument. Keep in mind why you are in school: To learn, to challenge yourself, to make and learn from mistakes. Why should you be allowed to text during school time when you could be using that time to further your knowledge by using your mobile device in a more productive way?

Side: yes
indeed(72) Disputed
2 points

I do not agree that texting is not disruptive to other students. Typing/texting is loud in a classroom when it is quiet and people are trying to concentrate.

Side: No
Celler99(1) Disputed
1 point

Oh shut up texting provides background noise thats all, and besides I am a student and some of the classes I've been in are louder than a concert

Side: yes
2 points

Some emergency can happen at school and you need to call the cops or fireman....

Side: yes
SilentSound(117) Disputed
1 point

That argument has already been disputed. They have phones at school if an emergency happens, they also have the phone numbers of your emergency contacts.

Side: No
2 points

Yes, cell phones should be allowed in schools, but they shouldn't be allowed to text constantly in class. At lunch would be fine and in the hallways.

Side: yes
2 points

cell phones should be allowed in school. just not in class because now a lot of cell phones have internet access and students could use them to cheat. but my school's cell phone policy has gotten way out of control. from 8:20 to 3:00 cell phones arent allowed at all not even at lunch. this has caused lots of problem and cell phones have been taken away and the teachers have gotten out of control. this is ridiculous. if things happen to parents or a shooter comes to your school how are you going to get a hold of them?

Side: yes
2 points

Well... I don't see any reason to ban phones from school. Sure sometimes they can be a nuisance.... when they're on that is... so just turn them off and BAM! problem solved. Cell phones offer a lot of benefits when it comes to communication; which is pretty darn important.

C'mon...we're in the 21st century here let's get with the times now.

Side: yes
2 points

yeah really its the frickin 21st century , lets get with it !

Side: yes
indeed(72) Disputed
1 point

How do you make sure students turn them off? What should the teacher do when students don't turn them off?

Side: No
2 points

There is no inherent reason to ban cellphones from schools, other than they can cause a disruption if used improperly, as they often are everywhere outside of schools. The issue is not cellphones themselves, but the proper and improper use of these devices. And what better place to educate people about proper use than at a school?

First off, it is difficult to make it a requirement in public schools due to varying views on what the school should provide vs. what the individual should provide. That is another debate itself. But cellphones can be a tool used to increase productivity, and that skill should be taught. I have been using cellphones with my students for three years, and it has led to a better understanding of the concepts (instant feedback through polleverywhere.com), a higher rate of homework completion (students receive SMS messages with the homework assignments via textmarks.com), and instant access to data (internet searches, SMS searches through Google and chacha, ability to make phone calls to gather data). And these ideas only begin to scratch the surface.

There was a time when people wanted to ban calculators. Then they wanted to ban computers. These views tend to come from a one-sided view that relying on the tool can be detrimental, and that is true. But using the tool as an aid, on the other hand, can lead to better understanding of concepts, higher creativity and collaboration, and a more efficient use of limited time and resources that are available to schools.

It is also detrimental to the educational process if you focus too much on banning the devices, as students will continue to bring them whether it is "allowed" or not. Chris Lehmann from Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia stated that if your first priority is discipline, you will never achieve your second. As educators, we are in the field of educating students, and this is one area where I don't believe we can sit back and allow the possibilities to fade away. As the world changes, so must we. For a time, education would lead the innovation. Recently, we have become stagnant and now struggle to catch up with innovation.

In the end, the use of these devices should be allowed, but not freely. There need to be guidelines and consequences for a structured environment of use that is willing to allow a flexibility for possibilities, successes, and failures so that the innovation and learning opportunities are there for all of our students.

Side: yes
2 points

Yes due to the danger that involves being in school, a child needs a cellular device in order to contact either authorities, or family in case of an emergency.

Side: yes
2 points

YES!!!!!!!!, because I go to a boarding school and in certain situations the cell phone can be very useful. If there is an accident,I can easily call my parents and tell them about it or if I require certain hygenic necessities. The school can also control it by giving specific times to use it and given a punishment if caught outside of these times,simple!!!!!!!!!!!

Side: yes
2 points

yes! because if something bad happens we could contact the right people.

Side: yes
2 points

Texting in class is not disruptive, nor is browsing the net etc the only thing disruptive is ringing, beeps, maybe vibrating, etc; all of which can be turned off.

Side: yes
2 points

Yeah, i think cell phones should be allowed in school, for two main reaons, im in high school and would die if my phone got taken away, but i think that a good reason to take away a students phone is if they are sitting there in the middle of math class on their phone with, for example, their mom, dad, bestie, we can't live with out our phones, mine is my pride and joy, now, go buy your kidd a cellphone, and let them take it to school.

Side: yes
2 points

I think that kids should be allowed to have their cell phones in school because many things can go wrong and they need to make calls in cases of emergency. Parents can always block the texting feature or take them away if it's all they do in class.

Also kids need to learn how to be more responsible.

Side: yes
1 point

yes! simply because if something important happens to a family member.

Side: yes
SilentSound(117) Disputed
5 points

If something important happens, such as a death in the family or family member in hospital, a student possessing a cell phone will accomplish nothing. Since whoever informs their child by cell phone can just as easily called the school to inform the student. However, cell phones do pose an unneeded distraction for a generation that feels the need to check their facebook/myspace ever 20 minutes.

Side: No
brycer2012(1002) Disputed
0 points

Some emergency could happen at school and you need to call the cops.

Side: yes

So you can't even trust the old pager. Come on! It's better for eveyone with a cellphone. That way people can communicate in a outlandish spontanious way.

Side: yes
SilentSound(117) Disputed
1 point

Surprisingly Pagers are still banned from schools.

Also, how is being able to communicate in an outlandish spontaneous ways helpful in a school environment.

Side: No
1 point

What matters is the student's will to study and concentrate on what the teacher is saying. Whether the regulations ban it or not doesnt really bring good results. In fact it's kind of restricting and imprisoning young ones for no good.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes, if your done with your work and have extra time in class then i dont see why its a problem.

Side: yes
1 point

FOR SURE. I think if students wanna make good grades and pass they will text when they have time. Students should be allowed to do what they want coming to a certian extinct as in not skipping, fighting, etc. But high school students dont get to do that much during school hours because there so busy trying to do there work and get there credits.

Side: yes
1 point

Cellphones should be allowed in schools as they provide a communication platform where teachers can readily contact a student in case of any matter. It would make a teacher easily be able to check up on students who are absent, reasons they are missing in class, and so forth. Also, as students nowadays are more comfortable with opening up through non face-to-face interaction, staff and/or counsellors can embrace this influx of cellphones in school to try and get the more reserved students to open up in the face of adversity should they need emotional guidance.

Side: yes
indeed(72) Disputed
0 points

Do you really think the teacher is going to call the student to find out why they are missing class/absent?

That's an issue for parents to deal with via the teacher/principal

Side: No
1 point

As an individual I strongly believe that phones should be allowed in school as there are more advantages to this , than disadvantages accidents could take place and with a phone you can get in contact with someone for help. IN this age and year adoption is at a rate where any thing can take place anywhere at any time SO. In those situation it would play a very vital role.

Side: yes
1 point

yes because what if I'm heading home and i cant find my key and i need someone to unlock the door but my phone had been confiscated (which has happened to me before)

Side: Yes
1 point

Cell phones should be allowed, beacause it├Ęs really our parents that have the say wheather or not we should be bringing our cells to school.

Recently, my friend got her phone taken away. The teacher that took it went into her sweater pocket and grabbed it! She was pissed.... She said that she had no right ot do that, and she didnt.

Side: Yes
1 point

ell phones get a bad rap in most parts of America. Self-help gurus promise serenity if we turn off our Blackberries, planes ban their use, and public conversation is largely frowned upon in crowded places. This is a marked difference from most parts of the developing world. Why? In America, mobile devices have come to epitomize convenience but are underutilized for valuable information sharing. In the developing world mobiles are obviously still used for conversation and staying in touch, but they also provide an outlet for cheap and long-distance transfer of information that was previously impossible. However, despite their ubiquity, some people are still ignorant of their usefulness.

Side: Yes
1 point

I personally think that students should be allowed cell phones in elementary and high schools and im not just saying that b/c i am in 10th grade i mean all kids should have a cell phone even if it is a trac phone b/c what if someone is following your child to and from school but the school bans students from carrying one what happens if the person that has been following your child stops his car and grabs your kid nd most phones have a tracking device so if your child doesnt have a cell phone how r you going to find out were he/she is? what if someone is trying to jump your child after school nd the school will not let them call you b/c they are supposed to be in class how is your child going to feel safe walking home from school if someone is trying to jump him/her? lets say school gets out early due to a bomb threat nd your child forgot his/her house keys but doesnt have a cell phone to see if u r home nd wat if he/she wants to go to a friends house how r they going to be able to ask you if the school bans cell phones? the answer to these questions is their not that is why students should be allowed cell phones in elementary and high schools

Side: Yes
1 point

I think it is disrespectful to take others property. If I want my phone at school I will have it regarless. Its a free country , You cant say its a free country for somethings and then all of a sudden change it when it comes to other things. The school/teachers/staff do not pay my bill and its not there property im not saying let us be on our phone but when Im at lunch its my break , I will do as i please !

Side: Yes
6 points

Wow, I feel old writing this, but...

Back in my day (LOL), we didn't have cell phones. If my parents needed to get in touch with the school, they would ring the school and leave a message for me. Office staff would pass it on to my teacher, who would pass it on to me. And in cases where they needed to remove me from class (as in the death of my grandfather), they came directly to the school and someone was sent from the office to take me to them. Realistically, this is proper form under all circumstances.

The school is subject to duty of care. It can't allow students to go wandering off without direct permission from the parent. There is no situation that I can envisage which requires a child to have access to a cell phone in school.

As for outbound, e.g. reporting of emergencies, I have never seen a classroom which wasn't equipped with a phone, although it may be different in other countries. Calls to emergency services can be made from any phone. However, it's advisable to notify the school office of situations which require emergency services, so other actions such as evacuations, fire alarms, and notification of first aid officers can be carried out in an organised fashion.

Side: No
BruhXD(1) Disputed
1 point

I get it but we are not in the 80s anymore we have to let the kids be more free

Side: Yes
3 points

No..... cellphones is a no no in schools although some students still take it to school even if it is not allowed. Teachers and students can be killed because of this.....

Side: No
BlindPirate(7) Disputed
1 point

I have one word ...Colenbine. Two students came to the school with guns and shot many of there peers and teachers, and then shot them selves. The one thing that saved more kids lives from the guns was that a student was able to call poilce with a CELL PHONE. And how in the world can carrying cellphones in school even come remotly close to killing anybody.

Side: No
CaityLynn(5) Disputed
0 points

Killed? Haha someone is exagerating! They could get in trouble, but not killed. Haha this still cracks me up! Teachers and students being killed over cell phones! Never heard of this in my life!

Side: yes
allymama35(1) Disputed
1 point

KILLED! YES! Students can be killed in school due to the use of cell phones. Cell phones are used in the event of posing bomb threats, gang activity, harassment, and drug activity. Cell phones make it easier for students to contact people that should not be around schools in the event when they are mad at other students or teachers. When people come into schools shooting them up, how do you think they got the GO to do so? Cell Phones! I absolutely feel that cell phones should NOT be allowed in school for the safety of the students, teachers and staff. And so that there isn't another added way for kids to cheat in school!

Side: No
3 points

Cell phones add no value to the class room. They serve as a distraction for the students who use them and for their classmates.

People for generations went to school without cell phones. When something bad happened the school would be notified and then the student. Life went on.

Using the argument that cell phones should be allowed because of something happening to a family member while in school is absurd. What can the kid do about it? What does knowing about the emergency change? Unless the kid has a car at school or takes public transit then there is nothing they can do.

I think that cell phones should be banned and cell phone jammers should be used in schools (and in movie theaters) for those who don't comply and try to use them anyway.

Side: No
1 point

No. See, the issue here is that people will bring cell phones weather they're allowed or not, but if they are specifically allowed then that's basically giving students the green light to text in class, ect. The best thing to do is probably to not allow cell phones but to sort of turn a blind eye to kids doing harmless things like checking the time. There's a balance.

Side: No
1 point

In life distractions are bad. Like girls and boys have always been distracted with each other. Teachers do not need another thing to worry about. So no to the question

Supporting Evidence: Scented Rocks (www.scentaroom.com)
Side: No
1 point

Cell phones distract pupils from studying process. Cell phones distract not only owners but other pupils too and that is wrong. So every classroom should be equipped with special cell phone jammer to prevent the usage of cell phones.

Supporting Evidence: Cell phone jammer (www.jammer-store.com)
Side: No

students already bring cellphones to the skool... whether they r allowed or not!!! bt if cellphones r allowed in skools where will b the fun of breaking rules!!!

Side: No
1 point

the tread of keeping a cellphone was not present 1-2 years ago.Now a days, having a cellphone is like a status symbol,everyone wants to flaunt about which model/company cellphone they carry.

What is the use of cellphone in school????

if there is an emergency schools provides phone to use in such situations. In fact carrying a cellphone, will only distract the students,they will pay less attention in class thus not utilizing the school time for improving themselves.

Side: No
1 point

You usually arn't allowed to talk or pass notes in class.. so how the heck is texting different? I think you should be allowed to have a phone in case of an emergency. But you shouldn't be allowed to text your friends in class.

Side: No
1 point

School is a place for children to be learning and interacting with friends. Cellphones distract students from paying attention to teachers and schoolwork lowering their grades. Why does a child need a cellphone anyway?

Side: No
1 point

To my point of view, cellphones should be allowed in schools. There are several reasons to it.

First, distraction. Children attend school to learn something not to play games when they are bored. They will chat during the lesson, if they have a cellphone with them.

Second, cheating. they will cheat the answers to the test from the Internet.

Third, of course cellphones are react to the health. it is harmful to the health, radiation.

in conclusion, i think children should study at school, if they bring with them cellphones they will concentrate only on phone, play games , chatting with friends and so on. Just they should leave it home.

Side: No
1 point

Cellphones should not be allowed in schools because its also a distraction to school work.

Side: No
1 point

Children with a less popular phone or no phone at all might be bullied and let off anger in violent ways possibly leading to larceny

Side: No
1 point

Plus the reason more people are on side yes is just because todays influence is almost controled by the thought of technology and the most primitive part of th brain is going "ooh magic block thingy be at skool? Tha b cool cuz i no gotta pay attention lets come up with a bad argument and win!!!

Side: No

Cell phones will cause distractions in the classroom. Also, they are an easy target for a thief.

Side: No
0 points

I think no because what if kids cheated on a test or if a student is playing on a game or are texting or being on websites and if they're not listening then they might flunk the grade or

classes.And even if you forget something at school you don't have to call on your phone you can just use the offices.

Side: No