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Taking the Short Circuit

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Technology is a major part of the world today. It is defining how many people live their lives. We strive to always have the newest technology at our disposal. However, we do not realize the influence technology has that makes our lives more convenient.

Gilmour students are fortunate enough to have computers, Smart Boards and graphing calculators provided for us. Often, we take these technological resources for granted. Many schools across the nation struggle to provide food for their students, let alone the technologies we are provided with. We overlook the little technologies that convenience our lives on a daily basis.

In many cases, technologies are intended to increase educational production. This is not always the case. We admit to being guilty of texting in class or playing games on the com-
puter during free block. Therefore, we can conclude that new technologies are actually distracting us from our educational lives. Is this a bad thing? Yes, because it distracts us from pay-
ing attention in class. No, because who actually pays attention every minute of the class period anyways?

Since it is important that students realize the importance of technology that the faculty provides for us, it is also important that the faculty realizes the importance of our personal technology.

Since the invention of texting, students in every class may hide their phones under the tables so that they are able to text their peers without teachers noticing.

Cell phones are a part of our daily communication. Teachers, why does it matter if we text during class? If we aren’t taking a test, then what harm is done by sending a text message that requires about five seconds to type? It is our responsibility to learn the information you are teaching. If we choose then it is our fault. The punishment of getting your phone taken away and a detention does not fit the crime.

However, students know the rules as well. Whether we think it is just or not, we should abide by whatever is put in place. The faculty sets rules for a reason. Yes, it is our responsibility to learn, but the wonderful thing about Gilmour is that they make sure you have what you need to learn and they care that we maintain the information that is being taught to us.

Students, don’t take the technologies that Gilmour provides us for granted. Teachers, a simple request to put the phone away works just aswell.