Texting in class is a very touchy subject, and can be argued from many different aspects. One of the main things though, is that texting in class would not be disruptive just for the student texting, but also to the students sitting around the student that is doing the texting. In this today’s generation, everywhere around us people of all ages and cultures circle around their cell phones in everything they do. Whether we are walking down the road, in the grocery style, in class, or even much dangerously, in driving, cell phones have grown to be a very vital part of our everyday lives.
However, when it comes to cell phones and texting in the classroom, a very controversial answer is given between teachers and students. Students say they don’t see a problem with texting in class, teachers on the other hand, think otherwise. This is where the problem begins; teachers hold a very persuasive argument about why students shouldn’t be allowed to text in class or even use the cell phone at all.
Students on the other hand, can also put up a somewhat reasonable argument as well.
When asked, teachers would say the reason they are distracted by students texting in class, is because as they are looking at their group of students trying to lecture, they can catch the rapid movement of thumbs across a phones keyboard from the corner of their eye, and this distracts their attention from teaching and to that student. That very student on the other hand can say that this text is for a very important cause such as going out to his boss letting him know that he will be late for work that day because of school.
Teachers argue, that if the students aren’t paying attention to their lecturing, then there is no use of them teaching which would be wasting their time and in turn the students’ time as well. The teacher gets paid to come to the school and teach the students and for the students to not pay attention and be distracted by texting would be very disrespectful to the teacher. Teachers can say that there will be some students that are exchanging very important texts that might not be able to wait, but the majority of texts exchanged are the exact opposite of that. As mentioned in an article on classbrain. om, 52 % of students text students that are in the same classroom as they are at the same time! (Olanoff, sec. 1)
Students think that when their teachers get on to them for texting in class or have such strict policies because they are out to get them, however, teachers do this because they are looking out for the benefit of the students. Many students say texting is both wrong and right. Wrong in that it distracts them from paying attention in class and thus getting behind in their studies. Also, it’s right in that it could be a very important text that couldn’t wait and it wouldn’t hurt to just send that one.
When students choose to text in class, it is solely their choice. Teachers with their strict texting policies and their form of punishment, is only done in order to prepare students for life beyond school. The older students get the more responsibilities they will carry at their jobs, and in providing for a family. If they are not prepared at a young age to control their texting while doing something important as paying attention in class or even driving, then they will not be able to control texting while at work which could lead to them losing their job and having trouble keeping a job.
It is very hard to do your job right while being distracted every few minutes by an incoming text, and on the same hand, it’s going to be very difficult to tend to your family’s needs if you are distracted every few minutes by again, an incoming text. If you are so addicted to texting all the time, you will have a hard time adapting to places such as hospitals where cell phones are required to be turned off. Students can put up the argument that since the cell phone is their property, they have the right to use it whenever they please.
Many students believe they can text all the time in class and pay attention at the same. Just as students have their right to use their cell phone as they please, they also have a right to an education. The teacher’s job is to provide those students with the best education they can offer, and their job does not force them to watch their student’s text. Just as it is the students right to text as they please with their property, it is the teachers right to do their job without being distracted.