Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
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Canada province to ban mobile phones in public classrooms

Canada province to ban mobile phones in public classrooms

"Smartphones have become a huge distraction in classrooms, making it impossible for students to learn effectively", tweeted Premier Doug Ford on Tuesday morning. The Conservative government conducted the largest education consultation in the province's history last fall, where it received feedback on a wide range of education-related topics and issues.

The Ontario government will be banning cellphones in classrooms starting in the next school year.

The PCs did propose the ban when they were campaigning previous year.

Some boards have already grappled with curbing student cellphone use during the school day, including Toronto, which later opted to leave the decision up to teachers.

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) implemented a similar ban but it was reversed four years later. "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". During this consultation we heard that 97 per cent of respondents support some form of a ban on cellphones.

They note that many school boards have policies that allow students to bring their own devices into the classroom for educational purposes.

The ban will not apply when teachers want to use cellphones for their lesson, for medical reasons, and students with special needs.

"It's not necessarily sustainable", he told CTV Edmonton on Tuesday.

Davidson says he trusts school and teachers to set rules for what role cell phones play in their classrooms.

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.

In France, students are now forbidden from using their phones in the classroom or even during breaks.

The mother, who has two children in elementary school, says that although we live in a world that relies on technology, there's a time and a place for cellphones. "It's about recognizing that a school is a learning environment".

A 2015 London School of Economics and Political Science paper found that "student performance in high stakes exams significantly increases" with a ban on mobile phones.

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