Cell phone issues at Freedom

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Cell phone issues at Freedom

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junior,Natan Nure, on his cellphone during class.

High school junior,Natan Nure, on his cellphone during class.

Thomas Karikari

High school junior,Natan Nure, on his cellphone during class.

Thomas Karikari

Thomas Karikari

High school junior,Natan Nure, on his cellphone during class.

Thomas KariKari, J1 Reporter

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The invention of the cell phone was originally for calling and texting friends and family but, the advancement and the improvement of the internet has significantly increased and bettered the quality of cell phones devices. The improved access to information, the uncomplicated access to knowledge, and the improved communication between humans are all great features of the cell phone. However, cell phone usage has become an issue at certain schools across the United States since the invention of the cell phone. 

Cell phones are a major problem for teachers in schools across the United States due to the lack of concentration from students as a result of their cell phones. Not only does the academic progress of many cell phone attached students decrease as more time is spent focusing on text messages and calls more than the lecture from the teacher in class, but health problems become an issue for most students. According to All About Vision, study conducted by the National Eye Institute found that the prevalence of nearsightedness among Americans has increased from 25 percent to 41.6 percent of the population over the past 30 years, meaning that the more screen time students are accumulating, the more health problems they students will endure in the future. 

The excessive cellphone usage has been a major concern for teachers at Freedom High School over the past couple years. Most teachers including English and Journalism teacher, Ms. Kamilah Lawson, is one of the teachers who wishes to see a decreased rate of cellphone usage at Freedom High school. For the purpose of this feature article, I interviewed Ms. Lawson to obtain her opinion of cell phones issues at Freedom High School. According to Ms. Lawson when asked if cellphone usage was becoming an issue at Freedom High School, she said “I don’t think is becoming, I think it has always been an issue.” Also, Mr. Bryan Tylander, a math teacher at Freedom High School, believes cellphones have both negative and positive effects on students in Freedom high School, students usually need their cellphones to access dictionary and other educational information during class. I asked Mr. Tylander if cellphones are becoming an issue at Freedom High School, he said “I don’t know that it is becoming an issue than it ever has been”, he also said “is just a new thing that teachers have to deal with, you have to tell the kids to put it away but they have to learn to put it away for their own benefit.” As a result of frequent divided attention in classrooms, most teachers frequently interrupt their lectures to issue warning to students during class. According to Miss Lawson, “at least two times a class or period.” and Mr. Tylander, he said, “once or twice a class, is part of the job.” 

I believe that there might be other teachers at Freedom High School or even the county, who would agree with Miss Lawson and Mr. Tylander over student cell phone usage during class. Over the next couple years, I think the consistent technology improvement would increase both health and academic issues for students from this generation, which could make it challenging for parents and teachers to deal with. Although cellphones might be a cause of decreased academic performance in schools, it can also be a great tool for students during class and for other educational purposes. 

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