The Guardian view on mobile phones: schools are better without them

The Guardian view on mobile phones: schools are better without them

 ‘Some games are so overwhelmingly attractive when they first appear that unhappy children can be entirely swept away in them.’ Photograph: Alamy When a minister in this government stumbles on a policy that is both popular and good, it’s newsworthy. Matt Hancock, the digital minister, has suggested that schools ban the use of mobile phones by their pupils. Amanda Spielman, the head of Ofsted, agrees. In France, the Macron government has put forward legislation that will ban the use of phones in all primary and middle schools. This removes the matter from the…

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A tool or a distraction? UK schools’ approach to mobile phones varies widely

A tool or a distraction? UK schools’ approach to mobile phones varies widely

New York lifted a 10-year ban on phones in public schools in 2015 to enable parents to stay in touch with their children. Photograph: Monkey Business Images/Rex This week the French government announced a ban on students using mobile phones in schools, following through on a pledge made by Emmanuel Macron during his presidential election campaign. The new law will allow phones to be brought into school, but prohibit their use even during breaks. The French education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, said the measure was a “public health message to families”. Though not…

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50% of U.S. students use education loans to pay for clothes, phones, vacations

50% of U.S. students use education loans to pay for clothes, phones, vacations

The saying goes that you’ve got to “look the part in order to get the part”, but some students may be applying that advice a little too prematurely. According to Student Loan Hero, around half of the university students who participated in a survey on student expenditure disclosed that they spend their school loan money on non-educational expenses. The student debt management online platform recently published its data, which found that two in five students said that they would use student loans to cover monthly bills, such as rent or…

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