Ontario Schools to Ban Mobile Phones In 2019-20 Academic Year

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Starting September 2019, mobile phones will be banned in Ontario schools during instructional time. Previously, the Typical Student team told you about 5 Countries That Surprisingly BANNED Mobiles and Gadgets at Schools FOREVER. Now, it's more of a local thing students are to face. 

 

Education Minister's Announcement

 

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Lisa Thompson, the Education Minister, broke the news about mobile ban in her statement Tuesday: "Ontario's students need to be able to focus on their learning — not their cellphones. By banning cellphone use that distracts from learning, we are helping students to focus on acquiring the foundational skills they need, like reading, writing and math."

At that, some Canadian schools have similar policies already. Ontario will issue a directive for the 2019-2020 school year as to enforce the ban would be up to individual boards and schools.

The Tory government collected feedback on how respondents are to treat a potential classroom cellphone ban. About 97% of respondents chose in favor of some sort of restriction on phones in class. 

 

Will Mobile Phones Ban Be A Challenge? 

 

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Previously, the Toronto District School Board induced a mobile phone ban, but cancelled it after four years to give teachers the freedom to choose what works best for their classrooms. A 2015 paper issued by London School of Economics and Political Science suggests that "student performance in high stakes exams significantly increases" if a mobile phones ban is induced. What's more the students who were typically the lowest achieving showed better results. 

 

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