A user asked on something regarding the rights of a student who don’t want to abide with the professor’s requirement to leave the cellphone in a box during the professor’s class.
You are in possession of exactly zero rights that are applicable in this case. You have only one thing: the opportunity to take this class, not the right to, and that opportunity is contingent on many factors – your grades, your paying for it, your attendance, your abiding by the rules the professor has set.
You have no right to carry any given personal item on you at all times in all places. Your professor can outlaw cell phones. He or she isn’t requiring you to put it in the box — he or she is stating in the syllabus that if you choose to bring your cell phone into class, you must put it in the box. You have at least two other options here: don’t take the class and don’t bring your cell phone into the class. If you don’t like it, don’t take the class. Or turn it off and stick it in your book-bag, though be prepared for the consequences the day you forget to turn it off (yes, he can kick you out, reduce your grades, etc.).
You don’t have to “listen to his silly rules” because you are his student, you only need to abide by them as long as you want to be his student. If you don’t want to abide, then don’t be his student.
Where does your logic end? You want to take the class, but you don’t feel like you should have to pay the silly costs? You want to take the class, but you don’t feel like you should have to show up to the silly classroom or do the silly assignments?
Who cares if your cell phone holder is also your wallet? Why do you need either in the class? What prevents you from taking your cell phone out of the holder and leaving it in your car, or at home, or anywhere else? What other distracting and unnecessary items do you want to take into a classroom? An iPod so you can listen to music instead of the lecture? Your paraphernalia so that you can blaze up at the back of the class?
One of the goals of college is to prepare you for how the real world works. Most employers require “two years of experience or an equivalent degree” for entry-level positions not because they value what you learned in drama class or humanities but because there is a hope — though apparently an increasingly small one — that someone who has gone through two years of college has learned that no, they can’t act however they want, no, they can’t put off their responsibilities, no, the world doesn’t revolve around him or her. Employees in many work environments are required to leave their cell phones locked up during working hours — I’ve worked at a half-a-dozen places where a glimpse of a cell phone is an immediate write-up. What makes you think a college class is any different?
Where did you get the notion that you have the same “right” to carry your cell phone in a classroom that you have on the sidewalk? And where oh where oh where did you get the idea that your college professor cannot require you to print up a few pages?
… and lastly, a rebuttal from another user.