Say "No" To Distraction! California High School Students Have Their Mobile Phones Locked

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High school students in California are now required to keep their devices in a magnetically sealed pouch during school hours, NBC News reports. Previously, the Typical Student team told you that California Wants To Tax Text Messages.

 

Lock Your Phones, Kids!

 

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Concerned with lack of student attentiveness, school admins in 20 miles south of San Francisco, issued a new policy this school year. Here's how Adam Gelb, assistant principal of San Mateo High School, commented the introduction of the new policy: "We could walk into a variety of classrooms, and kids would be on their cellphones anywhere from 5 seconds, checking a text, to 30 to 45 minutes at a time."

Starting this month, nearly 1,700 students place their devices in a Yondr pouch that closes with a proprietary lock on a daily basis. At the end of the day, the school admins unlock them. 

 

How Much Is The Pouch?

 

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Both school admins and educators claim they've noticed a positive effect of this new policy on students. Still, researchers doubt its long-term effectiveness. Believe it or not, the program was funded with a $20,000 grant. Students got pouches assigned to them for free, losing one will require paying a $25 replacement fee.

Surprisingly, many students have embraced the idea after hesitation. Calvin Newport, a professor of computer science at Georgetown University, comments: “The ability to be free of distraction and concentrate on things is increasingly valuable, so it’s a good general function of our schools to be a place where our students get trained to keep their concentration on one thing at a time.” 

Newport says: "When you shift your focus back and forth between a teacher and a cellphone, your brain performance pays a “switching cost.”

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