Electronics should be allowed outside the classroom

Shannon Cunnien

Music many times generally equals life for most, if not all, high school students. Restricting students from using such an essential item for over six hours out of the day is practically insane.

Students should be allowed to use personal electronics outside of the classroom in school. Not allowing personal music players in class is perfectly understandable because they would — and do — cause a distraction from class lessons, but outlawing them completely is unreasonable.

Electronics can be both useful for concentration and relaxation, two things a free hour is perfect for.

Providing music, iPods, and mp3 players can help many students concentrate on their work at hand. Whether in the library, Great Hall, or commons, it’s extremely difficult to concentrate on schoolwork during a free hour when friends are constantly present.

Admittedly not all people concentrate better with music, being the reason why bringing and listening to iPods or mp3 players would be a personal choice.

As long as music aids student in concentration, head phones may successfully drown out the endless conversations of his or her friends. Music could be important in helping students get work finished in short periods of time and may make students more efficient during their free hour.

Not only does music aid in concentration, it will makes students happier and more relaxed throughout the day. When a student’s favorite song comes on, their mood immediately brightens which in turn motivates them to participate in their later classes and, once again, do their work efficiently.

It is a fact known by teachers, professors, parents, and students alike; happier, more awake students make for better students. It is also widely known that music easily influences people’s moods.

In movies and documentaries music is added to heighten emotional response. Scary movies add tense, rising music. Romances add light, fluffy music. Documentaries add music that will convince you to agree with them (for example, creepy or frightening music while talking about the company the documentary is attacking).

Using this same response could be essential in school. Music students choose to listen to, music they like, will brighten their mood and even wake them up.

Music, being used correctly, could be an essential tool for school outside of class. With such numerous benefits there is no reason why personal music players should be completely banned.