Kids do better in schools with a ban on smartphones

Kids do better in schools with a ban on smartphones

This is not the usual kind of thing I write about, but upon reading the study I felt obliged to share it with you and I am intrigued to hear your thoughts on the findings.
The London School of Economics (a trusted source by all accounts) published a study that found schools who banned students from walking around with their smart phones had seen a clear improvement in their test results.
“We found the impact of banning phones for these students equivalent to an additional hour a week in school, or to increasing the school year by five days,” said two researchers, Richard Murphy and Louis-Philippe Beland.
The study covered 130,000 pupils at a total of 91 schools. The study looks at these schools phone policies and how they have changed since 2001. This was compared with data inclusive of test results from 16 year old students. Some may argue that it is imperative school policy keeps up with technology which has made significant leaps in the last fifteen years. I even saw some comments from people who thought we were simply dumbing the future generations down.
The study found that following a ban on phones, the schools test scores increased by 6.4%, a lot by anybody’s standards.

It also suggested that lower achieving students would be more distracted by the use of phones whilst the higher achievers could concentrate better regardless of the mobile phone policy in place.

Please let us know what you think, I am very interested in hearing what you have to say on the study’s findings and whether you agree!

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