By D’Vaungh Kelley, Sports Editor

Students at Keenan feel the rules are getting a little strict and some of the things that aren’t allowed should be. An example of one of these rules is listening to music in school. Students feel it does no harm, and it would actually help them.

“Music gets me focused; it puts me in the zone, and I focus better,” Junior Brianna Powell said.

There are many students who feel music should be allowed. Many feel music does no harm to students but actually enhances their learning ability. A study by the Stanford University School of Medicine has shown music engages areas of the brain involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating events in the memory.

“Music should be allowed except when taking major standardized tests,” Sophomore Diamond Jones said.

Research from the Australian Music Association shows listening to music improves reasoning, improves math and language performance, improves memory and enhances social and team skills.

“I listen to music all the time: at home, in the car and especially before games; I turn it up as loud as I can and just get into a zone,” Sophomore Jonathan Cato said.

Students still attempt to listen to music in school because it is looked at as being harmless. Some students listen to it because they love music, some to help them focus and some to actually help them get away. There have been many electronic devices taken consequently, and this is currently an ongoing issue. The students don’t want to give up, and they are starting to make their opinions known.

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