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MS Introduces Cell Phone Restrictions

Matias Arango, Discoverer Staff Writer

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Students are having problems with their cell phone use in class. Middle school students are being banned from using their cellphone in school.

The middle school has created a strict cell phone policy with the intention to remove the cellphone use in school, and this new rule is helping students to get better and be more efficient with there work.

“There has been an improvement because my students got easily distracted with their cellphones and had them constantly in their mind, so their attention has gotten better,” Rafael Giraldo, 7th grade history teacher, said.

The main advocators of the new rule against cellphones are teachers, because they have to face students distracting themselves countless times with their phones.

“What I am doing in class is using online resources that we can find only with our desktop computers, so we don’t need other devices,” Jhon Higuita, middle school technology teacher said.

Rafael Giraldo, a self-called “traditional” history teacher, has never felt more attentive students in his teaching career. His claims highlight how this new policy reduces the time in which students accomplish tasks and improve their grades as a whole.

“They have found ways to cope the fact that they don’t have a cell phone and they are doing it in a very mature way, so there has been a positive outcome,” Giraldo said.

Giraldo and Higuita are merely two of the many teachers that support the new cell phone policy. Educators are half of the equation, and they have encouraged parents to support the school  with this decision because they don’t want students to waste precious learning time by using their cellphones.

“I feel is like everybody is closer together and students are doing different things and spending time in a more constructive and efficient way,” Higuita said.

Many students might despise the choices made by their own parents, but from an objective standpoint, it’s a great decision because this way their education improves and they become better individuals. As students, they react negatively and believe the measures taken do not improve their learning.

“I haven’t felt an improvement, I feel that I’ve been denied a pleasure that helps me release stress and work better,” Maria Correa, 6th grade student said.

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