Pretty much every adult in the modern world holds one stereotype or another against the â€œtypical, unfocused, risk-taker adolescentâ€. So it only makes sense that according to this stereotype, middle school-aged children should not be allowed cell phones, or other gadgets such as laptops or cameras in school. But then may I ask, should we really make the assumption that all middle school kids have the same tendency to constantly goof off? The truth is, children in modern public schools are restricted by all the rules and regulations schools are forced to put into play such asÂ strict computer and behavior monitoring, or the three tardies to detention rule. If you ask anyone, the only purpose for rules such as these are to really keep the few kids who do fit the adolescent stereotype in check. However, if you ask me, allowing some electronics in schools such as laptops or iPads may actually help kids with a tendency to goof off become more focussed, and even spark them a new interest in learning.
There are many ways in which I believe the tolerance of laptops or iPads in middle schools could benefit school districts as well as students all across the country. For example, throughout the last year schools all over the United States and just about anywhere else in the world have been experiencing extreme budget-cuts due to the bad state of our economy. Just think of how much money we could save if we sold roughly half the computers currently owned by school districts everywhere, and let the kids whose families could afford it buy their own laptops and bring them to school. With this plan, we may even be able to reduce the amount of money school districts pay each year for electricity and maintenance bills, and as a result plug the money we have gained into many long neglected issues and schools, and possibly even increase teachers pay. With all these reasons backing up this theory, why not just give it a try?
As I stated earlier in my essay, I view the addition of students allowed a laptop at school -a privilege they are already allowed in a different form with desktop computers- a wonderful, beneficial idea. However, I believe along with many other Americans that allowing cell phones, cameras or any other gadgets teenagers use now-a-days in class, would only serve as a distraction and therefore should not be allowed. I believe students would get absorbed in talking to their friends through text, or taking pictures of everyone and everything, and would be heavily distracted and unable to achieve the goals they strive for, or much of anything for that matter. The exact opposite of what laptops or iPads would allow. I believe the iPad serves as a cheeper, more beneficial alternative to a laptop and may even be easier to monitor because of the screens large size and itâ€™s tendency to lay flat on the table. Overall, sometimes just having a computer or laptop in front of you can open up tons of new learning possibilities and even make it more fun to learn overall and stay focussed on your work in school.
Though there are many other things you can do on a computer not related to education, computers are wonderful tools used for research, typing, editing, and many other highly useful things all over the world at work, home, and even on the go. So it only makes sense that kids would be allowed laptops or iPads in school, if it wasnâ€™t for the concern of unmaintained focus. However, there are many ways to keep middle schoolers focused and on topic while on the computer. For a start, strict guidelines should be enforced such as after school detention or a visit to the principal’s office if students are caught aimlessly searching the internet, or playing a game during school hours. There should be a designated area such as the library where only minimal chatter is aloud, and students are closely monitored by one or two librarians. It is my belief that while laptops and iPads are great, portable devices, when used at school, the students should be closely monitored, and devices should not be used in the classroom. Because while we should give our youth freedom, there should also be a limit to that freedom.
As you have heard from my essay, I believe that use of laptops and iPads would benefit and increase studentsâ€™ learning, and while I believe the use of cell phones and cameras not permitted, laptops and iPads are in their own â€œcategoryâ€ so to speak, and studies have shown them to be increasingly helpful to students all over the world, and in all different types of schools used to learn, write, and above all, boost their curiosity. And though this new rule may not work for all, my belief remains very strong that it would definitely work for most.