Note to the Anchorage School Board: Pay attention. The Lumen Christi High School now has implemented a cellphone-free policy during school days. And it is working.
That is right. Beginning six weeks ago, students at the private Catholic school started handing their phones to their teachers at the beginning of the school day. They are returned when the school day ends. What an idea!
Has it worked to reduce distractions?
”The kids are more focused, they put more effort into their work and they are friendlier,” Antje Carlson, Lumen Christi’s humanities department chair, told KTVA.
The halls, normally quiet at lunch time and changing classes, now are filled with student chatter, school officials say.
We are surprised the public school system did not come up with this idea years ago. Cell phones are distractions and students have enough of them to go around. Hauling one to school only adds to the problem.
Lumen Christi is to be congratulated. What it is doing is just common sense. But, unfortunately, common sense is not all that common in some places, if you know what we mean.