Several schools are banning the use of cellphones in class, saying the technology has become more of a hinderance to learning than a help.
And some Sumner County teachers hope the idea catches on here.
“I would completely do away with cellphones,” said French teacher Erin Flannery. “Students can’t follow the rules.”
Indeed, a growing number of educators in the U.S. and around the world are deciding that smartphones and similar mobile devices are a major distraction that can be eliminated now that schools have enough laptop computers for students.
A quick search of news reports reveals several developments:
In Sumner County, individual schools and teachers largely regulate cellphones at their discretion. Some HHS teachers, for instance, don’t allow them to be used at all in their classrooms while others leave it up to students to decide when they should or shouldn’t be on their phones in class.
Messages left with Sumner County schools spokesman Jeremy Johnson were not returned for this story, but HHS Principal Bob Cotter told The Ville News earlier this semester that he didn't expect a cellphone ban in Sumner County.
“If we say absolutely no cellphones, students are going to be in an uproar,” Cotter said. “Parents are going to be in an uproar too because they see cellphones as their emergency contact with their kids if something happens at school.”
HHS Spanish teacher Sarah Wolf thinks trying to ban cellphones is like trying to put “a genie back in a bottle.”
“Cellphones are a part of our lives,” said Wolf, who allows her students a short break during class to get on their phones. “You just have to help guide them to use cellphones responsibly.”
As expected, just the thought of no cellphones in school makes most students cringe.
“Oh my gosh, No!” Sergei Wright, a junior, exclaimed about the prospect of having to leave his phone at home during school.
Story by Kiya Whitlow, Isabella Logue and Brittney Towe