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Students say cellphones are a distraction

Survey shows 72% of Ontario high school students would prefer to leave cellphones out of the classroom

Ontario high school students say using cellphones as part of classroom instruction would be a distraction, according to a survey released today by the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association. “Students use (cellphones) to text or communicate with friends. It’s a great communication tool, not necessarily an educational tool,” grade 12 student and student trustee for the Toronto District School Board, told the Toronto Star. Of the 2,656 Ontario students who participated in the study, 72 per cent opposed bringing cellphones into the classroom. Further, around 82 per cent of students said they wanted to be educated about “all sexualities,” including 90 per cent from the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

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