Atlanta Forward: Education

Before New York City lifted its ban on cell phones in schools this year, students paid to store them at mobile storage trucks parked near their schools.
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Before New York City lifted its ban on cell phones in schools this year, students paid to store them at mobile storage trucks parked near their schools.

Credit: Associated Press

Credit: Associated Press

For teenagers, their cell phones are their link to the world; they cannot be without them, as schools know only too well. I write about the distraction factor inherent in the phones, which led a Florida teacher to resort to a jammer to force kids to look up and pay attention. Readers also share their views on whether smartphones should be allowed in classrooms. In a guest column, a University of Georgia professor discusses the competitive versus cooperative model of education.

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