In this modern era in which both modernists and postmodernists lived, technology wonders beleaguer the world. As the cellular technology invades our everyday lives, one rather pertinent question springs to mind, who does not own a mobile phone these days? It has become an integral part of modern man’s life. The amazing thing about mobile phones is that they are no longer just used for calling or texting. They have become an indispensable multi-tool wonder. Todays’ cell phones embody cutting-edge technology that puts the world at your fingertips.
Alongside with this ubiquitous technology development, some social debates erupt. Should mobile phones be allowed in schools or should they not? In a society where almost everyone over the age of thirteen carries a mobile phone, many school systems have banned these items from school grounds. Why? Many say it’s due to the ‘potential problems’, such as students would not be able to concentrate on their studies. With their hands glued on to their mobile phones busy surfing the web or various social networks, there could be no tiniest concentration paid to the class.
This will subsequently lead to terrible grades achieved by the students as a result of not focusing in class. Plus, a loud ringing phone call that breaks the class serenity will also interrupt the learning environment. What else could be more saddening than poor teachers having to be blamed for not executing their duties well, when it was all the mobile phones and their petty owner’s fault of misuse? Another downside for students to bring their mobile phones to school reasoned is that it will also burden many families as they would need to spend more to keep their children happy.
This will happen when their children feel left out when their friends bring their latest and expensive mobile phones to school. In Malaysia, a majority of the families are middle class families and many of them will not be able to provide such luxury for their children. This burden for these families is unneeded because they should save money for their children’s education rather than spending money unnecessary on these mobile phones.
To prevent the students from burdening their family to buy themselves a mobile phone just to follow the trend, mobile phone should be restricted in school compounds. Many too say that disciplinary problems will arise. For example, nowadays people are buying all the fancy and expensive mobile phones. It is an agreeable fact that there are some people who are not able to afford them, such as students who come from families with low income. So for that mere satisfaction of possessing a mobile phone, some students would be tempted to steal. This gives rise to mobile theft.
On the other hand, with the wireless sharing becoming such an in-thing at the moment, many students had sloppily being hauled to yellow culture when they shared unhealthy sex tapes through their mobile phones in school. Furthermore, there will be a dynamic accrue in exam cheats. Students can share information during exams as well as store any information they want on their mobile phones. On a contradicting idea, bringing mobile phones to school has its own benefits too. Like for instance, a student would be able to call their parents at ease after school if they are any schedule changes.
Sharing notes with classmates can be easier too with mobile technology present. Missed assignments and notes will be a thing of the past. Communicating with classmates with the help of mobile phones can also enhance productivity and can foster a better collaborative environment. For every reason to keep a student from bringing a mobile phone to school there’s an equally logical reason to believe that bringing a mobile phone to school might be a wise idea too. Lastly, high-tech mobile phones such as smartphones have become a must for everyone in this century.
These phones can literally perform everything to help an individual. Case and point, a smartphone can really help a student to browse the internet to search for more information, the useful dictionary to help check out words and widen students’ vocabulary. This saves up all the trouble of carrying along a thick dictionary. The cutting edge of technology has also provided e-books services. This will attract students to read more, give convenience to readers as they can read whenever and wherever they want to.
Having weighed the pros and cons of it, I strongly disagree with the idea of bringing mobile phones to school. True, it does have its own value there, we live in a world of technology and that mobile phones are a vital and a very useful part of that world. But school is not a place to encourage the addiction and strong dependence of electronics especially of mobile phones; certainly the Education Ministry should also never connive to the occurrence of mobile thefts, exam cheats and many other disciplinary problems.