Putting my phone away has made me a better student by day three


“Oh my god!” “Are they serious?” “That is just not going to last.”

Phones will be no more at FHC. Turned off. Put away. On your desk or in a wall slot. No exceptions. All teachers.

Upon hearing this, I was just appalled as every other phone-obsessed teenager. But, my opinion was changed almost immediately.

“How can they actually do that? Some kids are responsible,” I thought.

Now we are on day three. I have played by the rules, turned the phone off, and put it away, and now I can honestly say, “I get it.”

The intention engagement. Yes, you can be almost totally engaged if every seven minutes you look down and reply to a text. But here’s the thing: in the 30 seconds it takes for you read the text and reply to it, you have completely disengaged yourself and re-engaged yourself in something else.

Yes, you can make the argument that these are sprite 17-year-olds who can bounce back and multitask better than adults. But every 30-second surreptitious text adds up to a bigger picture of missed educational moments.

To be honest, I don’t miss my phone. I don’t miss the seditious tweets that pop up making me just a little bit more angry at politics, the pointless snapchats of random bricks throughout the school, and random filled-in eyebrows on foreheads.

I’m learning more, I’m three weeks ahead in my online class, and I don’t have to worry about my phone dying in the middle of the day.

Yes, kids are annoyed, but I do see and feel the benefits, and they are grand.