A CELL PHONE sits in philosophy professor Paul Jeffries’ basket — instead of in a student’s hands.        Ian Stepleton photo
A CELL PHONE sits in philosophy professor Paul Jeffries’ basket — instead of in a student’s hands. Ian Stepleton photo

     SMARTPHONES ARE simply everywhere these days, right?

     They pay your bills, capture your special moment and connect you to friends halfway around the world (or across the room).

     But for as pervasive as mobile devices have become, there’s one place in Ripon you won’t find them: philosophy professor Paul Jeffries’ classroom.

     It’s not because he’s a Luddite. Paul uses a computer and does enjoy modern technology.

     But a smartphone? He doesn’t see the value in one, and encourages his students to consider their necessity as well.

     “[My wife and I] try to be critical thinkers about things that we adopt in culture,” he said.

     And a smartphone? Maybe — just maybe — it’s not as critical as most people find them to be, Paul argues. ...

     To read the entire column, see the Nov. 22, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.