Cell Phones in Class: Yay or Nay?

Mrs. Ward glares on as Faraaz Uddin (12) uses his cell phone in her classroom.

Mrs. Ward glares on as Faraaz Uddin (12) uses his cell phone in her classroom.

Evelyn Chan, Photojournalist

Every day, at any given moment, someone is using his or her phone during class. Of course, this can only mean three things, either he or she is a) breaking the rules and using social media, b) listening to the teacher which has given a task requiring phone usage, or c) taking a selfie. Isn’t this the way it is nowadays? According to ABC News, on average people check their phones 150 times a day. And being that we are all high-schoolers, that average is probably even higher. Now that presents the big question, should phone usage be allowed in class?


Allowing cell phone usage in class could mean never missing information being given by the teacher. Students nowadays can practically text faster than they can write. So imagine the amount of time that would be saved by just taking the notes on a cell phone and printing it out later. The results? Neater notes, more time to actually listen to what the teacher is saying, and a faster way to share or compare notes with others.


Allowing cell phone usage in class will also mean more distractions. Students could sit there all period Snapchatting, Instagramming, Facebooking, and Tweeting. Need any more be said?


Let’s take a look at a possible solution: Nick St. Croix (12) believes, “Cell phone use in class is part of the 21st century. In lower level classes with more distracted students, cell phones should be 100% prohibited. In higher-level classes with more devoted students however, cell phone use can be beneficial.” In a time where we can’t bear to live without our phones and phones can basically do anything, is it possibly a time for change to keep up with the technological developments that have been made? Mustangs, present your opinions! Yay or Neigh? Sound off in the comments below!