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Jyair Thomas

BL’s New Plan For Phones In the Classroom Draws Support And Criticism

Cellular devices have become a big topic conversation over the past several years.  According to a 2017 study study done by the Pew Research Center, 54 percent of teens ages 13-17 worry that they use their phones too much.  You’ve seen them, walking around campus with their heads down, staring into their screens. Maybe you’re one of them. The fact is, there are students across the country and at BL who are addicted to their phones and can never put them down. In response, the upper school implemented a new policy at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year: every teacher has phone pouches in their room and students have to store their phones there during class.

OPINION: Let’s Keep Talking About the National Anthem Protests

Last month Nike teamed up with Colin Kaepernick to make a 30th anniversary commercial that would air on the NFL’s  opening night, September 6. Kaepernick made national headlines in 2016 when he started protesting police brutality against the black community by kneeling during the National Anthem. His actions sparked a national debate about the proper way to respect the flag, a discussion that  has been reignited by Nike’s latest commercial, which was presented to be inspirational to young people, motivating them be the best person they can be.