By: Emma Rader
In the middle of math class, you’re taking a huge test that will determine if you fail or pass. The night before the test, you were unable to study because you had basketball practice. Tired, confused, and desperate, you take out your phone and text a friend for an answer. Your teacher sees you looking up answers and takes your paper. As a result to cheating, you get a zero percent F, and fail the class.
In an informal poll, 10 percent of eighth graders at Newton Falls Jr. High School admit to having used their phones to cheat on a test while only 1% of seventh graders admitted to cheating. Also, 51 percent of eighth grade students admitted to texting their friends in the middle of class.
Miss Conroy, seventh and eighth grade math teacher, said her policy on cell phones is as follows, “I see them; I take them. I don’t think there is a way to make sure students are not using them to text their friends.”
Seventh and eighth graders mostly use their phones as a calculator. The next most common use is texting and taking pictures. Most of the seventh graders say they do not use their phones in school; one of the reasons being they do not have one. However, more eighth graders said they used their phones every day.
According to Conroy, “Not everybody has phones, and since some people cannot afford them it is pointless since we have calculators. Therefore there is no reason students should use them in school. Students just want to text and be on Facebook.”
Eighth grade student Kyle Phelps disagrees with teachers who take phones and then look through the student’s messages. Kyle said, “They shouldn’t because it’s our personal property.”