No need to ban electronics in schools

No need to ban electronics in schools

There are 190 comments on the Alamogordo Daily News story from Apr 30, 2008, titled No need to ban electronics in schools. In it, Alamogordo Daily News reports that:

I think we should be allowed to use cell phones, MP3 players, iPods and other electronics in school.

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Tijeras, NM

#1 May 1, 2008
It seem clear to me by this letter that the students have to put thier electtronis ie: cell phone -Ipods - MP plaers away during any part of tthe schoo day and use that time to improve thier education. Your brain also falss into the electronic area.

Tijeras, NM

#2 May 1, 2008
Cpprecttions electronics, school, falls.
Sorry for th errors.

Albuquerque, NM

#3 May 1, 2008
I see you're educated...did you use ipods and electronic items in class and just forgot to pay attention during spelling class...electronics in school promotes impulsiveness!



Since: Dec 07

Alamogordo, NM

#4 May 1, 2008
If students were responsible to have electronics in class, they wouldn't constantly be getting taken away.

I can't even believe a student would actually write this expecting it to come to fruition.
While they're at it...why don't they just ask for little refrigerators and couches instead of desks.

Since: Jan 08


#5 May 1, 2008
pnc wrote:
If students were responsible to have electronics in class, they wouldn't constantly be getting taken away.
I can't even believe a student would actually write this expecting it to come to fruition.
While they're at it...why don't they just ask for little refrigerators and couches instead of desks.
Absolutely!, and how 'bout some snacks to nibble on while they're playing with their "electronics"?
It's school..not playtime.

“"Just 'cuz I can"”

Since: Feb 08

Alamogordo, NM

#6 May 1, 2008
There can be passing of answers to tests the students are taking, a lot of distraction during class and not paying enought attention to what the teacher is saying.
This generation has become so electonic oriented it is scary. It seems they can not do anything without a phone stuck to their ear or MP3/iPod earphones hanging from their ears.
Yeah, this promotes learning. How many of these students actually use their phone to play and "educational game"?

Tularosa, NM

#7 May 1, 2008
Sweet for a 10 year old. I wanted things that weren't best for me either at that age. Nice writing. Improbable and not feasible but nice.
How about this

Las Cruces, NM

#8 May 1, 2008
Easy folks; remember how you were in 7th grade? We all had thoughts and dreams that we thought would make our schools a better place.
I'm glad to see this young person taking the time and effort to even write an editorial.
It's much better than tagging or beating someone to a pulp.



Since: Feb 08


#9 May 1, 2008
I've already seen people complaining about getting items stolen from them at school. Don't you think carrying electronic items that someone else CAN'T afford won't be tempting to them? Leave the electronics at home and learn something at school. School is not the place for fun, it's for education!

Alamogordo, NM

#10 May 1, 2008
This whole idea about needing electronices in school is just ludacris. What this young child needs, whether he knows it or not, is to bring back the days when a towel was sent with your child to school so naptime could be enjoyed with a familiar blanket (or towel) from home! Kids these days don't know what is right for them at these ages. That's why they need adults like me to tell them what they need to be successful in life.
Why in the hell do kids need cell phones in school? So the pederass from White Sands Speedway can give him his number so that he can be called when the child needs a ride home? Maybe the dude can take the child to Baskin Robins along the way for a yummie banana split with whip cream on top and share the spoon.
Serious Mom

Alamogordo, NM

#11 May 1, 2008
I understand the "WANT" for electronics in school... I want them at work too. Using a cell phone or listening to MP3 players isn't appropriate at work and not allowed at most places. The real world doesn't let you do what you "want". There are rules.

I do suppose that someday my children will have cell phones, but they will not be able to use them during school hours. If they want to talk to a friend, find them in the hall between classes or at lunch time. If they HAVE to call me or my husband for some reason, use the phones in the office. We plan to keep a tight reign on their phone usage... keeping up with their calls on a ever-call-made style bill.

Montgomery, AL

#12 May 1, 2008
You state that students are mature enough to handle electronics. Maybe yes, but if they were 'mature enough' why does it take constant orders from teachers to turn them off or the school admin to bring up the possible ban on the use? Simply put, they are a distraction not a learning tool. Get yourself back to the books. Leave socializing for after school.

United States

#13 May 1, 2008
Electronics are nothing more than a distraction in the classroom. Another thing, PinkFloyd, eduacation should be fun and enjoyable instead of being serious all the time. Education in this country needs to be kept serious but at the same time education needs to be fun as well.

Since: Apr 08


#14 May 1, 2008
A seventh grader thinks that having electronics during school time is a great idea, this obviously shows that she is not quite as mature as she may think. I know I like the TV on while I study, but that doesn't mean I should have been allowed to lug a TV around with me while I was in college or high school.

What kind of productive adults would any of us be if we sat at our jobs all day with an MP3 in our ear, a game system in our hands, and our cell phones constantly ringing with the latest gossip. I guarantee there would not be a job for long. Kids are in school to learn how to be productive members of society, and electronics could make that counterproductive.

That's another thing, I was attending NMSU in Cruces a few years ago when a group of students got caught, and kicked out, for taking pictures of tests on thier cell phones and sending them to friends who had the test later. See, not even some college kids are mature enough not to abuse the priveledge. It is just not smart, and it makes it unfair for children who are actually there to "learn".

Have you ever been trying to concentrate while some moron next to you is blairing some stupid rap song on his MP3, it is annoying. I know if I were a teacher I would be furious if the time I spent creating a lesson was disrespected by a little brat who couldn't wait until after class to send thier texts.

I have no sympathy for kids who get thier electronics taken away at school. If it were up to me they would never get them back. School is a learning institution, not a place to show off your new toy. Having electronics allowed would be a huge distraction to everyone in the class. If they were to allow cell phones, mp3 players, and handheld games in schools, they may as well just throw tax dollars for schools in a big fire pit because it would be a waste to use them to teach distracted students.
Concerned American

Gaffney, SC

#15 May 1, 2008
It's really scarey to see the softening of this generation of kids. It has reached into the college generation also. With Obama on TV look behind him at the mesmerized youths that look like they're in a trance. The cel phone, I pod generation - - - Yes, it is really scary what this country has in store for it.
alamo mom

La Luz, NM

#16 May 1, 2008
I make my son carry a cell phone at AHS, primarily because it isn't safe. However it's a special phone with restrictions, during school hours it will only call me, his dad, my work and 911. I want him to be able to call me if he hears someone making threats, and be able to call police if school security is too far away, don't believe him or are just too busy.
Doug Post

La Luz, NM

#17 May 1, 2008
Once again, this persuasive writing and debate/editorial unit project was designed to teach the students good writing skills, developing and supporting their ideas, and defending their positions. This is more important than the issue or topic they chose to write their opinions on.

As their English and History teacher, I appreciate your comments and feedback. Thank you to those who cared to comment and give support to this seventh-grader's (12 to 13 years old) thoughts, feelings, and learning to express herself. She and others will be proud and honored that others are reading their ideas, and exchanging thougths and opinions with them in a meaningful, engaging, and helpful dialogue. This is especially important when students are learning about the world, and persuasively stating and supporting their positions, and learning from others like you.

As it takes all of us to build our learning community, "It takes a village to raise a child."

From the children, and their teacher, again, I thank you.

Doug Post
Candidate for State Representative
Alamogordo, N.M.
John Baake

Alamogordo, NM

#18 May 1, 2008
She's right about one thing, the majority of 7th graders I've seen have the same level of maturity with these devices as most adults.

Which is exactly why they aren't allowed to use them!
Proud Mother

Alamogordo, NM

#19 May 1, 2008
Not to mention that some of these kids are using their cells phones to take pictures of others in the locker rooms, sending obcene pictures to one another, etc. When most of us were in school, we got along just fine without all the electronics. I will admit that my daughter has a cell phone because we do not have a phone at home...BUT she does not have a camera nor does she have texting capabilities. Her phone must remain shut off during school hours.

Alamogordo, NM

#20 May 1, 2008
I think that MP3 players should be allowed. I agree that cell phones are a distraction and it is very easy to cheat on tests with them (I'm a college student and, while we are given more privileges, we aren't allowed to use phones/text message in class either, and we can have our tests taken away and be given failing grades if we are caught with our cell phones out). However, I do beleive that MP3 players can be helpful when reading and taking tests, especially if you listen to the right music. I have always found classical music helpful, it helps block out other distracting noises and keeps me more focused.

There will always be students sneaking electronic devices to school and there will always be students who are not mature enough to handle the responsibility(some of my college professors forget to turn their phones off in class!)

This will continue to be a debate for years to come.

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