Monday, 29 October 2007
06:45:43 PM (GMT)
In response to an article I just read I’ll agree my school is not without merit.
It is indeed very different from other high schools in the sense that it is a very
Off the top of your head, can you name one other high school where primes work
together to create a production? Or where artwork lines the hallways?
However, it is sort of demeaning that the student body is being treated as such: a
body of people or head count. It is a psychological fact (if a controversial one)
that humans tend to act as they are treated, either out of the classic resentful
‘I’ll show you!’ syndrome or lethargic acceptance.
If you compare your typical high school to a prison (as touched on in the article)
you will find many somewhat unnerving resemblances; in many high schools students are
required to wear a uniform, passes are required when traveling the halls (in other
words, strict surveillance is being employed at all times), there is negative
re-enforcement (suspension, detention, getting sent to the office… compare that to
solitary confinement), and a set schedule for eating, learning, going to the
bathroom, etc. (everyone must be where they are suppose to be in the allotted time
and do what they are suppose to do).
As unique individuals, who knows better than we do what is best for us? True, as
minors the school administrators are responsible for us, yet seeing as in only four
years we will be considered legal adults shouldn’t the school system be preparing
us for the real world by beginning to treat us as such?
In reply to all those would counter, “Isn’t the real world like that?” I say,
what sort of world do you plan on living in? Do you really want to go into a work
place where you’re treated as a mindless, docile, worker? Isn’t the fresh,
daring, brilliant, electric taste of the new age of technology and art working
simultaneously what learning is all about?
If it’s not, perhaps it should be.