Friday, 22 March, 2019

School cellphone ban used to distract criticism over autism funding: Critics

Ontario to ban cellphones in classrooms Ontario Government To Ban All Cellphones From Classrooms Next Year
Emmett Howard | 14 March, 2019, 18:25

Education Minister Lisa Thompson says banning cellphones will force students to focus on their learning rather than their personal technology. "By banning cellphone use that distracts from learning, we are helping students to focus on acquiring the foundational skills they need like reading, writing, and math".

The government said teachers and parents overwhelmingly supported banning cellphone use during telephone town halls and surveys conducted last fall, in which 97 per cent of the 35,000 respondents advocated for the move.

Details of the new policy are expected in an official announcement within the next week.

The ban however has support from a 2015 study by the London School of Economics that indicated students performed significantly better when phones are banned during instruction.

The Conservatives had proposed the ban during last year's election campaign.

Thompson announced additional money for school boards and training for teachers Monday as hundreds of kids may soon enter school because they will get less funding for therapy.

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"What I think is problematic is when people use their phones to text their friends either within the classroom or outside the classroom - and would not be condoned for use for the teacher".

The Ontario Public School Boards' Association did not provide comment Tuesday, but in its submission to the government consultations it had urged the province to continue allowing school boards to make their own decisions.

Canada's most populous province will ban mobile phones in classrooms next year. "Students do not need to have electronic devices like that in class".

In 2015, NY ended its ban on cellphones, giving schools the authority to create their own, in part because parents wanted to be able to contact their children, and it was not equally enforceable.

"Some classrooms have teachers tell the students they can't use cellphones, or some principals have policies for their schools", Schandl said.

"The Ford government is just duplicating powers that educators already have to control cellphone use in their classrooms". These improvements were mostly demonstrated among the students who were typically "low achieving".

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