posted on Aug, 28 2008 @ 01:30 PM
My story is somewhat similar to this situation. I was talking to a friend of mine not too long ago who is a Graphics teacher at the old high school I
used to go to and she was telling me how she proposed an advanced, independent study class for seniors wanting to pursue a career in graphic design,
photography, illustration, and other art related majors because the only classes available to them were Graphic Design I and Yearbook class, and it
was basically all beginners stuff since a lot of students choose to take it as an elective. She told me that the new principal shot the idea down
because it was "too" advanced and not fair to the other kids that aren't on their "level." I also heard that the math classes are the same. No
advance classes and no challenges for students. The teacher must teach at the lowest level possible to reach every child, which is good for the one or
two kids who don't understand...but what about the other 20? They're not learning anything. They go to college and the don't understand what's
going on! The teachers want to prepare them for their future and the people in charge so no.
I graduated 2 years ago, and I remember that every school year in the beginning, we would have a pep rally and each class...freshman, sophmore...etc,
would dress in their class colors and we would have class competitions. It was fun. There was tug of war, relay races, pie eating contests, you name
it. I found out that the new principal (who came about the year after I graduated) got rid of the class competitions because they wanted to unity the
school, not divide it. Goes to show how they're taking away the competition among people now.
Every one's good at something and this just takes away from that. There's a reason why we have winners and losers and why some people are better at
some things and others aren't. That's what makes us unique. And they're stripping us of that to make us all the same and "dumb" us down.
It's truly a shame.