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Canada to ban cellphones from classrooms during instructional time

Cellphones will be banned in Canada classrooms during instructional time, starting in September — news that some suggest is meant to distract from ongoing criticism over autism funding

“Canada’s students need to be able to focus on their learning — not their cellphones,” she wrote. “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.”

Exceptions would be made for when teachers want to use cellphones as part of their lesson, for medical reasons and students with special needs.

About 97 per cent of respondents favoured some sort of restriction on phones in class.

It was the closest thing we got in our consultation to unanimity,” one source said.

The Progressive Conservatives had proposed such a ban in their platform during last year’s election campaign.

Schools and teachers have well-established limits and boundaries with regard to cellphone use in schools and the classroom, similar to other classroom expectations, which are designed to create positive learning environments.”

Canada District School Board used to have a cellphone ban, but reversed it after four years to let teachers dictate what works best for their classrooms.

The board has previously said that enforcing an outright ban was next to impossible, and said that to curb technology use would be to place limits on educational opportunities as well.


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