Opinion: Teachers call out cell phone usage

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Many teachers don’t approve of phones in the classroom; many times they will take them away when they see them out.

Samantha Franks and Sailor Hawes

Many teachers don’t approve of phones in the classroom; many times they will take them away when they see them out.

As teenagers, most of us are always attached to those little touchscreen devices called smartphones. Whether it’s just to check the time, text your mom back, or to

check social media, most of us always have our eyes peering at that small bright screen.

Now, more than ever, students at school use their phones in class even when they don’t need to. Some may think that their teachers don’t pay attention or don’t care if students use their phones during class, but teachers at Ventura High School have different opinions.

When asked how he feels about students using phones in the classroom, History teacher Daniel Larson said, “When it is for a productive purpose I think it’s a useful tool.”

Similarly to Larson, English teacher Erin Jones shared, “I think they are a great tool to be able to look something up.” She also commented on the disadvantages that phones can have. “I [also] think they are a huge distraction and we are addicted to our phones, including adults, even though we always blame teenagers for it.”

I agree with both Larson and Jones. Everyday when I look around my classes, there are at least three people on their phones not paying attention to the task at hand or not paying attention to the teacher.

Environmental Science teacher Jared McEntyre shared his thoughts on phone usage in the classroom: “I rarely allow phones in the classroom [but] I have allowed phones in the classroom for [educational] things.”

Along with all three teachers, I believe that there is a right and wrong time for phone use. If you decide to use it as an educational tool then have at it, but if you decide to Snapchat your friend a picture, just leave it at home.