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Calling for change

Is the new phone policy really efficient?
Calling for change

If you’ve been going to school the past few weeks, I’m sure that you’ve seen the little red and green phone sign hanging in front of the class. It’s a new thing this year, and apparently it’s supposed to tell us when we’re allowed to have our phones out.

I get it, and I don’t speak for every student at the school, but I’m pretty sure I’m speaking for a lot of them when I say that it’s annoying. 

It’s a sign! What message does that give us when a sign dictates what we do?

How has the phone problem gotten so bad that a sign has to tell us when we’re allowed to have our phones out? Also, the teacher now has less authority. It would be much better if the teacher just told us, “Hey, no phones out.”

The sign was implemented to cut down on the amount of phones that are out during educational hours, like when they are teaching.

I don’t really know if it works. And although I’ve seen it work sometimes, I think it depends on the class in general.

So how could we cut down on phone usage without a sign?

I honestly think it’s impossible.

We’re humans, and we’re flawed. Phones give us a short-term dopamine boost. When you open your phone and see an Instagram notification, you get a little chemical reaction that makes your brain happy. It’s why we’re so addicted to our phones.

But if we were to try, we’d have to depend on our teachers. I think the best way to get students off their phones is to have them get involved. Be one of those easygoing teachers that every student likes.

I know it’s a stretch, but if teachers could change their ways and make their classes more enjoyable, we probably wouldn’t need a sign to tell us to be off our phones.

What I’ve noticed is that when students like the teachers more, they’re more likely to be involved and off their phones. 

We’ve had a phone problem ever since smartphones were invented. And the sign is okay. It’s a step in the right direction, just the wrong execution. It’s just that in order to get students to stay off their phones, we’ve got to actually start caring about them.

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Thang Khai, Features Reporter
Hello everybody. My name is Thang Khai, and I’m going to be a Feature writer for The Journal this year. I am a sophomore here at SHS, and I’m on the Cross country team and the Track and field team. Most of the time, I hate running. But there are special occasions where it’s decently fun. I like to get involved, so you might see me volunteering at concessions or playing music for the Perry Township Art Show. I’ve played the violin for around four years now, and I believe the best kind of music is classical music. And I think people will hate me for this, but I’m a Boston Celtics fan. I don’t think it’s a big deal, but being in Indiana and telling people that I’m a Celtics fan might not be the best idea. My family is pretty huge. I have five siblings (including myself) and my parents. All of that aside, I’m pretty excited to be in The Journal and I can’t wait to start writing!

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    Rocco S FrederickSep 16, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    I wish there were more opinions like this on the journal. I’ve shared the same thoughts that you have about the phone policy and I also agree about the teacher/student involvement. Keep up the good work and please write more!