Students in Ontario are about to get a lot more attentive.
The Ontario government is making major efforts to officially ban the use of all cellphones in the classroom. In fact, according to the Canadian Press, several schools are have such policies in place, but the province will now be issuing a directive prohibiting cellphones during instructional time in public schools for the upcoming school year.
You can already hear the collective sigh from students all over the province.
It will be up to individual schools and boards to enforce the ban, and exceptions would be made when teachers want to use cellphones as part of their lesson, for medical reasons and students with special needs.
This isn’t the first time such a ban has been in place. The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) implemented a similar ban but it was reversed four years later. The TDSB decided to leave it up to teachers to decide what works best in their classroom. The board also felt that a strict no-technology ban could potentially limit education opportunities.
What do you think? Do you text your child during school hours?