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Mon May 18, 2015, 09:57 AM

Schools that ban mobile phones see better academic results

However, some schools are starting to allow limited use of the devices. New York mayor Bill de Blasio has lifted a 10-year ban on phones on school premises, with the city’s chancellor of schools stating that it would reduce inequality.

This view is misguided, according to Beland and Murphy, who found that the ban produced improvements in test scores among students, with the lowest-achieving students gaining twice as much as average students. The ban had a greater positive impact on students with special education needs and those eligible for free school meals, while having no discernible effect on high achievers.

“We found that not only did student achievement improve, but also that low-achieving and low-income students gained the most. We found the impact of banning phones for these students was equivalent to an additional hour a week in school, or to increasing the school year by five days.

“Therefore, de Blasio’s lifting of the ban on mobile phones with a stated intention of reducing inequalities may in fact lead to the opposite. Allowing phones into schools will harm the lowest-achieving and low-income students the most.”

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/may/16/schools-mobile-phones-academic-results

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Reply Schools that ban mobile phones see better academic results (Original post)
Troll2 May 2015 OP
Gunslinger201 May 2015 #1
News2Me May 2015 #2
Troll2 May 2015 #3
metroins May 2015 #4
brew9876 May 2015 #5
Troll2 May 2015 #6
TexMex May 2015 #7
Hades May 2015 #8

Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Mon May 18, 2015, 10:10 AM

1. In other news, Sky is Blue, Water is Wet

This shouldn't be news to anyone

My 14 yr old Granddaughter is a major texting offender!

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Mon May 18, 2015, 10:38 AM

2. I don't see how lifting the ban would reduce inequality. Can someone explain?

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Response to News2Me (Reply #2)

Mon May 18, 2015, 10:47 AM

3. It appears to be an equal rights thing, not an equal education thing.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña today announced the City will lift the ban on cell phones at schools, a policy affecting all 1.1 million students. The change will better enable parents to stay in touch with their children, especially before and after school. It will also end the inequity under the current ban, which was enforced mostly at schools with metal detectors in low-income communities.

http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/013-15/mayor-de-blasio-chancellor-fari-a-lift-school-cell-phone-ban

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Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Mon May 18, 2015, 11:02 AM

4. It's funny to see conservatives for the ban

More big government regulation.

Taking away rights.

Shouldn't it be up to the parents to decide? A school banning something is just the government getting more control.

You could quote that students don't have the same rights while in school, but that's again just more big government.

Shouldn't you be FOR relaxing regulation and allowing parents more say in how they raise their children?

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Response to metroins (Reply #4)

Mon May 18, 2015, 11:07 AM

5. What conservatives?

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Response to metroins (Reply #4)

Mon May 18, 2015, 11:12 AM

6. Conservatives would advocate for school choice

Each school needs to establish rules governing student behavior and good order to create an effective environment for learning.

If parents do not like the rules of their child's school, they can lobby to have rules changed, send their child to a different school, or home school the child.

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Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Mon May 18, 2015, 11:58 AM

7. Our district had a ban

 

you could have a phone, but there was zero tolerance for actually using them on campus. If caught with a phone out, the phone was confiscated and a $20 dollar fine imposed to collect the phone. All was well and good until it was leaked that this was generating over $10K in slush funds divided between a handful of campus principles...

They've drop the fines now.

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Response to TexMex (Reply #7)

Mon May 18, 2015, 01:20 PM

8. That doesn't sound smart at all...

...confiscating, aka stealing, a $500 iPhone could result in a call to the police for theft and a lawsuit if they didn't release the property free and clear.

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