By Zaire Briggs
Teachers at East High School complained for years about students being on their cellphones in class. They even tried for years to come up with different ways to get East High students to become more focused on work, and less focused on their devices. They won, and teachers finally got what they wanted: East High School is no longer a school that allows cell phones to be used throughout the day. So why is it that teachers are now on their phones, when they did everything they could to get rid of them?
If you are one of the teachers who is on their phone during class, you could be seen as a hypocrite. Some teachers could be seen as hypocrites because if they see students on their phone during class, they call so students’ phones could be taken away, but are on their phones as well. In an experiment, we found that over the course of two days, we observed 25 teachers are on their cellphones during class and Support, some the whole class period, and some pulled their phones out multiple times during class.
It seems like students are not the only ones with the problem. Teachers need to have consequences when they’re on their phone during class, just like us. Teachers are supposed to be role models for students, at least that's what we thought. The same rules should apply.