School Bans Phones, Has Amazing Results
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About a year ago, Maple Grove School in Minnesota started restricting cell phone use on campus, encouraging students to leave their phones in lockers when they got to school because children barely interacted with each other throughout the day.
Staff at Maple Grove grew concerned about children’s cell phone usage when they realized hardly any of their students engaged socially throughout the school day, according to the Washington Stand. And while the school didn’t outright ban cell phones on campus, students caught using one would have it confiscated until the end of the day. (LEARN MORE: Homeschooling Up 78% In Democrat-Run State As Students Fail Basic Standards)
“[T]here’s a lot of drama that comes from social media, and a lot of conflict that comes from it,” principal Patrick Smith said of the decision.
What Happened A Year Later?
The “kids are happy,” Smith reported. “They’re engaging with each other. … [I]t’s just night and day.” Even parents are loving the change, saying their children are far more engaged at home as well as at school. (LEARN MORE: Universal School Choice Enacted In 10th State. What Does This Mean For You?)
Data suggests kids are exposed to all sorts of horrors via the internet on their cell phones, including 73 percent of those surveyed who said they’d been exposed to pornography. Children also report higher levels of depression, anxiety, bullying, and anti-social tendencies, all linked to their use of social media, the outlet noted.
Do You Think Cell Phones Should Be Limited In Schools?
If so, you can tell your local, state, and federally elected officials today. These individuals believe their version of education is best, but it allows for dangerous activity to run rampant when parents are not around.
The government may think your child’s life and education career are best conducted under their rule, but we know that parents should always come first. There are entire cities where public schools can’t educate one student to math proficiency — do you really want this for your child’s experience?
You can tell your local, state, and federally elected officials how you want your public schools to look today. Sign up for www.millionvoices.org today (text MV to 80550). We’ll ensure your voice is heard. Our mission is to ensure the voice of voters and taxpayers is turned into action, and your elected officials are held responsible for their actions.
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