Is Music a Distraction or a Study Tool ?

A Gilbert High student's take on modern youth's problem with in-class music.

Edgar Gonzalez, Staff Writer

School has been compared to several things, ranging from prison to psychological wards, throughout the years. However, due to the recent technological developments in the past three decades, the pressure of studying and working on assignments has been reduced due to the introduction of widely accessible music. Third parties (i.e teachers & professors) constantly claim that music is an audible distraction that unconsciously deters students from focusing on the lesson. Although I do agree with the opinions of educators to a certain extent. According to the Foundation Education, “Music can have both positive and negative effects on studying, depending on two things: the student and the music.” Music can help with student’s memorization, nerves, and mood, however it can also distract students by restricting the amount of information they absorb. Rather than outright ban it, I believe that students should be allowed to do what they wish. Students should be given a certain level of responsibility that should evolve into a self-perpetuating excursion in which the student matures into a successful adult or adolescent. If the student isn’t interested in furthering their education, let them learn from their mistakes. To conclude, music shouldn’t be banned, rather it should be left as the student’s responsibility.