There can be little doubt that there are many powerful arguments on both sides of this issue. Essentially there really is no easy answer. The world is an ever changing entity…and we need to change with it. However, before doing so we need to weigh all factors and put a proper plan into place. This is especially true when working with children. The brain of a child is continuously developing right into adulthood and therefore matters such as impulsivity and not always thinking things through adequately are concerns. When weighing the pros and cons a plan needs to be created which will balance the factors. For instance, with the money school districts save by having students bring their own devices to school, they could create a fund for students who are not able to do so and therefore address the equity concern. Education is a continually transforming entity…that is true. We need to change with it, but also need to ensure planning and supports are put into place which will make it a productive and beneficial change for all.
Education Ministry officials, school authorities and many parents believe that allowing handphones in schools would only widen the disparity between the haves and the have-nots among students. Handphones come in a variety of shapes, colours and function:from generic ones to highly sophisticated ones that double up as camers, video cameras and palm tops. Not every child in school comes from middle or upper class families that can afford to buy each child a handphone. The self esteem of children who do not own a handphone or who possess a basic one wii be affected. Low esteem among students would cause a rift among children. Cliques, jealousy and rivalry would result. This unhealthy situation should not be nurtured in a school. Instea, the school environment should promote equal opprotunities and equal treatment.