Will a Phone in Your Pocket Really Keep The Brain in the Socket?

Will a Phone in Your Pocket Really Keep The Brain in the Socket?

     It’s to no one's surprise that a rule has been reinstated into the school code that has left many students and teachers alike feeling very “passionate” about. Truth be told, there’s been a few other rules as well that were tweaked a bit since last year, but they were vastly overshadowed by the juggernaut of opinions that is, “no phones in class”. On the first day, upon entry of the first class, an announcement illustrated the rule in a no nonsense fashion. Since then, rounding around a month or so, the school wide rule has made itself a staple for the day to day conveniences and inconveniences of almost every student’s education.

    Catching brief dialogues with a controlled group of staff members and the future of the american workforce each individually, they’re points of view were fascinating to fill the mind with. Much of what was collected was overbearingly similar depending on the age gap but an odd diamond in the rough would spout out convincing points; Points that could be nurtured into convincing arguments, but the lack of confidence towards opposing authority stops it dead in its tracks. To play on the hand of lawful good, the rule has allowed for a less straining environment for the teachers to teach students, whose attention won’t be pointed towards their phones any longer. Few and far between, there are signs of small initial improvements in class participation and a bigger, but still marginally small, amount of heads popping out of their shoulders to offer their eyes and ears.

      It’s to no one’s surprise how much of a beneficial tool this rule is to the staff, which allows to be able to control an outside source for their classes. All those that were offered a brief discussion to give their view on the matter remained relatively stern, seeing it as a change for the better. However, there are some teachers with a smaller, more loose, margin don’t think the rule offers any valuable input given that phones weren’t a huge detriment towards their teaching ability last year. However, the main bulk of the staff sees this as a change that will grow over time and eventually prosper into the ordinary.

     The student population however, sang a multitude of different tunes. The obvious consensus of it being the biggest inconvenience to hit their scholarly minds ran like a lace throughout all those questioned. That much is true and predictable, but what really caught those that were asked off guard was their one lack in long term loyalty towards their ideals. Those that are exceptional students with bright futures being carved out felt a loss of trust and a set back in their ability to maximize their hours in school, but saw potential in alternatives. As for the students who have been laying beside their chisel, they find the rule degrading and half-baked, but their eyes signaled a look of remorse for causing it earlier than they wanted. When asked the initial question, the responses fell under the same tired lines of it being either bad or good ,but once the impulse reaction faded and the mind mellowed, a natural overall opinion formed at the end of essentially every students three step process of categorizing this rule.

     The first being the short and sweet answer that approved or opposed, second one giving personal thoughts that could  be a seperate paper in it of itself, and third realization being that the school system is narrowing the skill gap. Students whose attention can scatter are “supposed” to rise in skill level while the other faction is knocked down a peg because a valuable asset was removed from their kit and had yet to be replaced. A few that continued the dialogue for longer than intended went so far as to frame the students as a scapegoat for teacher inefficiency. Once asking this thought towards the rest of the controlled group, a universal head nod was received at lackluster student-teacher relationships. A majority feel that inept teaching procedures are a major underlying terror that has put phones in an unfair spotlight. Distractions occur all the time and with the youth being so focused on “trends”, something new will always occupy a students hand if the lesson fails to provide the eye candy. To go a bit more indepth; a lecture, lesson, or project can’t be a procedure thing that is easily spotted as the lecturer not giving their max effort into their work, only to blame the one “learning” when they’ve seen through it. Respect doesn’t go both ways in the classroom, a teacher has to do a lot more in the year for it and most hardly ever come close, instead sending it out of their class to become someone else’s problem. Or perhaps to be set aside in a pocket, where the mind is involuntarily smotherdered with information that will be spat out before ever leaving the door.