Mobile Phones in Schools Recently read Frances Child’s news article and personally I couldn’t be any more outraged than am now, with her choice of words. Yes she’s identified an issue with today’s generation, but the way in which she puts this across is exaggerating the truth. Find it hard to believe how such a poorly written article managed to get published in this day and age, without being rectified. One statement which really jumped out at me, as being bias is “Very few teachers, especially female teachers, want to physically grapple a student, to confiscate their mobile phones”.
This statement couldn’t be much further than the truth! In my school, if a pupil is caught on their mobile phone, the teacher will simply ask for their phone and nine times out of ten they’ll hand it over without hesitation. On the rare occasion of them refusing to hand it over the teacher would email SALT, and the problem is resolved in a matter Of minutes. I noticed that all of the examples which she used in her article are very rare occurrences. Personally I have never experienced such horrific reactions to a teacher wanting to take someone’s phone.
Of course they do append, but they’re very uncommon. There’s always some people who just love to cause havoc for attention in every school, whether its bunking lessons, play fighting, or in this case refusing to hand over their mobile phones. However Child’s suggests the majority of students are belligerent which is not the case. Child’s opens her article with the following statement, “Mobile phones are a poison in our schools but don’t blame the teachers – Blame the parents! I literally cannot believe how such a bias statement can be used in this day and age. Teachers are not entirely to blame, but some do not help he cause, by not following the basic protocol of confiscating phones at first sight. As well as this teachers are responsible for enforcing the rules and the students are expected to follow them. Then again parents can be seen to be partly to blame; this is because they’re buying their son/daughters smart (addictive) phones. I agree some parents may not be supportive of the school but they aren’t solely to blame.
I personally believe that students are most at blame, at 1 1-18 years old they’re more than old enough to be able to decide when and where to use their phones. “Porn is gloated over in class with little tempt to disguise what is happening. Sometimes a phone is openly passed around. It’s unpleasant and embarrassing. ” Frances Child’s claiming that porn is constantly being watched during class has shocked me! In my five years at secondary school have not once witnessed such explicit material being shared among students.
Although some schools may be different, what gives her the right to assume all students are as bad as each other? Really could go on all day, mentioning all of the reasons why this article is a disgrace, however I’m certain this is more than enough evidence to express to you my utter most disgust at this article. My solution to this problem Of mobile phones in the classroom is to make punishments stricter than they are now. As well as confiscation, schools could introduce more physical punishments such as litter picking etc…
Parents should be informed of this problem also, so they can do their bit to help resolve it. Banning mobiles all together just creates other problems, how will teenagers contact home in an emergency? Clearly Frances Child’s hasn’t thought of that… Writing to Inform or Argue Some people love school, yet others hate every single second of it. Either way, they have absolutely no say in whether they go to school, or stay at home playing computer games. So at the end of the day, why not just let it be and get some Gases out of the whole process?
Don’t get me wrong, some people try their very hardest throughout their time at school, but then there are the troublemakers… Most badly behaved students end up with a poor set of grades, which means that they’ll struggle to find a decent, well paid job. A recent survey found out that 83% of people who have been suspended or excluded from school end up with either no job or a poorly paid job when hey turn eighteen, and even more concerning is that 77% of those people surveyed regret misbehaving in school. What a waste of over ten years Of your life!
All of those lessons wasted messing about all for attention, or even just to be considered ‘cool’. It’s a well known fact that a lot of out of work youths end up in gangs. Not only is this one of the easiest ways to get on the wrong side of the law, it can also lead to serious injury or even death before their early twenties. However if they weren’t disruptive at school they’d have a decent job, and would not even be in a gang in the first place. A lot of people say, ‘What is the point in trying hard when I know I cannot achieve high grades? I find this to be a very poor excuse as most modern day jobs in the tertiary employment sector don’t require high grades, just a good work ethic and attitude towards the workplace. It’s only really the top end jobs that require a high amount of intelligence in order to fulfill their specification/ quota. One thing that really annoys me about badly behaved students is how they look down on clever students in such a way that they try their utmost best to try and intimidate them. They go around in their groups approaching he clever pupils, and often saying something on the lines of ‘You’re a Geek. Ores this as jealousy towards the high grades in which the clever students are achieving. Before I started writing this article, I spent a bit of time researching how the poor behavior of certain students reflects on those who want/like to learn.
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