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should smart phone uses be allowed at school

As a korean student, i am obliged to hand in my cell phone every week on monday mornings and recieve it back on friday when i go home.(boarding school). Then i had a wondering- that if this act wasn't too much. So i want to hear everybody's opinion on whether smart phones should be allowed in school or not- since taking the gadget away for a week caused me so much inconveniences. Please share opinions 2ith me!

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    Jun 21 2013: That is a very interesting question. Since you said "smartphone" and not just "phone" I will assume you referring to the 'smart' access capability that a smartphone has and not the communication with other phones ability (verbal, text, email, etc) - because to carry on a conversation in a classroom is just too obviously disruptive. So what we're really considering with this question is should students have access, via electronic devices, to information not given in the classroom. We used to believe (centuries ago and not-so-long ago) that students should not read 'unacceptable' literature, that they should not be 'exposed to unsavory practices', and that they should behave in a prescribed way. We now believe that it's healthy for students to have access to all sorts of 'alternate' points of view and learn to make decisions themselves without prejudice. Now, instead of a controlled curriculum environment (in the classroom) we have the ability to access nearly any option in the world via the internet. I understand that often the material taught is not the goal of the lesson. But rather than support the 'status quo' of curriculum presentation, I would suggest that we carefully consider any method of expanding the students ability to access information/learning, and reflect on how we can make it work, rather than why it won't.
    • Jun 22 2013: That is a very different and new approach, never thought of it that way!
      When I asked the teachers why phones(and I meant not only smart ones) weren't allowed to be possessed by us students, they just had the stubborn reaction, 'Of course you shouldn't be carrying your phones in school, why would you be.'
      What do you think of taking phones away for a whole week? Do you not think that it is too much?
      I think we all understand about restricting the use during class sessions, but I think schools should hand the students phone back for them in the event of emergencies and keeping in contact with families.
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        Jun 22 2013: In my opinion, authority can only impose during the time i am within their arena. Outside of that, they cannot. But that is my opinion, not necessarily reality, and i am not there. Good fortune to you.
        • Jun 22 2013: RIght. Thank you for sharing your opinion! :)

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