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Cellphones nothing but a distraction in classrooms

Posted on September 1, 2021

Updated on September 2, 2021

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The Butner-Creedmoor News welcomes letters to the editor of 350 words or fewer. Letters should be signed with the writer's name and hometown. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Phone numbers are not published. Email your letter to the editor to editor@butnercreedmoornews.com.

Even if you don’t have children, you have to be dismayed with the plight our schools are facing. Not because we don’t have great teachers, or that Granville students are less intelligent than others; rather, our schools are adrift and sinking, due to lack of proper leadership from our elected officials.

Schools need the support of the county commissioners, yet we have commissioners who apparently put low value on a good education, as proven by their recent votes to not properly fund our schools.

Now, faced with a “train coming down the tracks,” officials seem baffled and absent of any resolutions to the matter, much like a deer staring into the headlights of an oncoming car — and we know how that usually ends.

I’ve read and heard one of the most challenging issues teachers face is discipline in the classroom, usually arriving via distraction. Therefore, removing distraction ought to be the first goal, and that has been addressed by some other schools with excellent results. How? By simply banning student cellphone usage during school hours.

Cellphones may dominate our personal and business lives; however, students need to be focused on learning (not Googling answers), and that can best be accomplished by removing cellphones from the classroom. Most adults came up this way, and grades and behavior were much better. 

If you want to read more about this, read this article.

A good education is the best preparation a child can acquire to equip them to navigate the world successfully. If we don’t start acting like that statement is true, we are dooming our children to a futile and stressful future, and that is a lose-lose for everyone.

Just a few ills of allowing cellphones in classrooms: sexting, cyberbullying, Googling test answers, taking a picture of a quiz and sending it to friends who have the same class later in the day, paying more attention to Instagram notifications than biology class, setting up drug deals.

John Mayo

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