Parents want to be able to communicate with students, and students want their cell phones at all times. A valuable high school education could suffer if cell phones are not banned.
It makes sense that taking smartphones away from children during school hours would improve their learning.
Now, the London School of Economic has provided the proof that smartphones hinder education.
Examining the policies of 91 schools in England toward cell phones, then comparing information from the schools to national test results taken at the age of 16, researchers determined that students without access to their phones during classroom periods were more successful at the national exams.
“We found the impact of banning school phones for these students equivalent to an additional hour a week in school or to increasing the school year by five days,’’ said researchers Richard Murphy and Louis-Phillippe Beland.
Examining results from 130,000 students, the researchers noted an increase when schools changed their phone policies, most often transitioning from less strict to more strict. The results showed that when a school banned phone use in class, the school’s test scores improved by 6.4 percent. For students with low test scores, the improvement was measured at 14 percent.
“The results suggest that low-achieving students are more likely to be distracted by the presence of mobile phones, while high achievers can focus in the classroom regardless of the mobile phone policy,’’ the researchers stated.
Parents and educators take differing views on the availability of mobile devices. While mobile technology has a place in education, phones often include the availability of tempting non-educational game areas, as well as texting or social media applications.
Parents want their children to have cell phones so they can communicate with them, especially when the student needs to be picked up from school after a sports practice or arts rehearsal.
The most recent example of a school district making a momentous decision regarding cell phones is when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio lifted the city’s 2006 ban on cell phones in schools in March while allowing school districts to set their own rules for phone availability.
Student Cell Phones to Education, approximately 70 percent of American schools that have had cell phone bans in place have reversed those decisions the last five years, refusing to fight the battle.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.