Should Laptops Be Banned in Class? An Op-Ed Fires Up the Debate

That long-simmering debate flared up last week in response to a New York Times op-ed by Susan Dynarski, a professor of education, public policy, and economics at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Ms. Dynarski, who bans electronics in her classes and seminars,

I believe all electronics except a sound recorder should be banned in any lecture hall as long as the lecture involves the lecturer speaking while drawing diagrams or writing on the board.

In my opinion laptops should be banned. They can allow people to use tablets with stylus inputs though.

Keep in mind the eyes use more energy than the ears. Once you get glued on that display, your attention shifts. Besides, I don’t think it is possible to type faster than the way we write. I can type pretty fast and write super fast too and in great handwriting.

So for note taking then I prefer students to use tablets with stylus inputs to take notes. Carrying a whole laptop in class is bound to be destructive when it comes to learning.