At Demetree School of Real Estate, we do not allow cell phones, laptops, tablets, and similar electronic devices in the classroom. Why not?
There is a significant body of research that cell phones and other electronics are distracting to learning. Even if your phone is sitting on the table turned upside down, it is still a distraction. This is not an opinion – it is a researched fact.
Isn’t everyone in the class an adult who can decide if they want to pay attention or not?
Yes, you have a right to come to class and daydream. However, you do not have a right to harm the learning of the others in the class. The research is unequivocal. Cell phones, laptops, and other electronics are not only distracting to the user, but to everyone else around them. And it’s not a small amount – studies show that the students sitting around the phone user score 17% lower than students were there was no cell phone use at all.
You have a right to harm your own learning. You have no right to harm the learning of your peers.
Therefore, at Demetree School of Real Estate, we do not allow cell phones, laptops, tablets, and similar electronics. We do take a class break every hour, so you will have plenty of time to text on the breaks.
Please note that Karen Climer has no affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate. My father, Ron Climer, sold the school in 2014. Neither Karen Climer, nor anyone else in the Climer family, have any affiliation with that school. You can find me at Demetree School of Real Estate.