Locking cellphones in classrooms improves student performance



October 3, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Educators and researchers say there’s an inverse relationship between students’ grades and cellphones in the classroom. The easier it is for students to access their phones during class, the lower their grades tend to be. It’s only logical that any distractions introduced into a learning environment yield less learning. During exams, cellphones are an invitation to cheat.

School administrators absolutely should take a hard line on any cellphone use during class time and empower teachers to discipline students who violate a strict no-access code. Class time must be for learning, not playing video games, texting, posting on social media or watching lurid videos.

That said, compassionate solutions are available that stop short of confiscating phones and citing students for repeated infractions. As the Post-Dispatch’s Blythe Bernhard reported, a Hazelwood high school teacher has devised a way to help students break the cellphone habit while protecting schools and teachers from many of the aggravations and potential liabilities associated with confiscating phones.

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