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  • R

    RMay 9, 2024 at 9:27 PM

    Would this help people to focus, or make them more focused and jittery because of their phones being away from them? It also might make students more worried about when they will get their phones back, and if they are missing anything that is taking place on said phone.

  • L

    LMay 9, 2024 at 2:48 AM

    I understand that this article has no relation to the creation of this new policy, but there aren’t many opportunities to anonymously voice opinions at the school, so I figured it couldn’t hurt to leave them here. I believe I’m with the majority of “phone addicted” students at Elkhorn North when I say that this policy seems very counterproductive to what it claims to be its benefits. In my opinion, this article seems to make it clear that the main reason the school is adopting this policy for the next school year is to promote student mental health. From what it seems to me I am not in the minority when I say this will act exactly the opposite. Taking away phones will only make students dread the thought of going to/participating in school, as it feels like we are being stripped of something we have the right to have on our person. Also, although I agree that reading a book is a very beneficial pastime, but being forced to read, especially right after finishing schoolwork, just feels like more work, which is demotivating. I feel as if people grow more fond of reading as they mature, and that it’s not something you should force onto someone as it could make them not want to revisit reading later in life. Furthermore, it is inevitable that there will be problems with enforcing this policy as students will try and exploit it or as teachers start to lack the motivation to constantly remind students to put their phones up. Lastly, although I understand the argument of distraction, I think taking away our ability to listen to music is genuinely abysmal. Music is probably the least distracting thing to the learning environment and I guarantee It helps more students than it harms. Personally, I believe the best solution to this whole situation is to keep phone caddies for normal classes, but allow phones to be used during classes such as study hall, art, and TA. For music, teachers independently should be able to choose to enforce rules on earbuds. If the school truly does “care a lot” about its student’s mental health and opinions I hope they can hear my arguments with open ears, and understand what it would be like to be in our position.