A Project for Better Journalism chapter

No Phones: Remember How that Felt?

In the 21st century, teenagers lives almost completely revolve around their cell phones. English 3 is currently learning about authors Thoreau and Emerson and learning about their thoughts of living more simplistically.

This gave English 3 teacher’s Jaclyn Quinn and Karra Badakhshanian the idea to assign the extra credit assignment of students giving up their cell phones for a full school day for 20 points of extra credit.

“At first I didn’t want it to be mandatory because I knew some kids would fight back and originally it was going to be three full school day,” Badakhshanian said.

Out of the 90 kids they both have in class, only 31 ended up participating. Two of those included juniors Katelynn Leix and Jacob Schrik who both had two completely different experiences.

For Leix, it was hard a first but got easier as the day went on, and she would definitely do it again. “It was challenging but worth it all in the end,” Leix said.

For Schrik, it was pretty difficult, and he said he would only do it again for extra credit. “I’m going to try to start looking away from it (phone) more often and try not to rely on it so much.” Schrik said.

“I think it really affected some of the students days and for some it was really easy as I read their reflections,” Quinn said.

The two teachers expected at least half of the kids to participate but were shocked that not so many kids were willing to give up their phones.

Quinn didn’t have any students come in early to get their phones back but did have kids who asked to check their phones, which she said no. Badakhshanian had two kids who came to seventh hour early to try to get their phones, which she said no until the end of seventh hour.