is skipping even an issue?
In the last few days of January the school district noticed something a little odd, an increase in calls to student’s homes. The increase however was to report when students were absent. Many employees in the school district did not see an issue and neither do the students.
"I don't see the issue, it’s not like we're missing anything we can't make up," Helen a junior at the local high school explained, "everyone does it anyways." The increase in absences hasn't fazed parents either. After talking to Helen's mom on Monday night she informed us that "It's better for our kids to skip a few classes and get some time off rather than stress all day, they don't need that."
The entire district has students skipping left and right, but that's okay they're not missing anything they can't make up. The teachers across the district don't have much to say either. "Skipping, it's not a big deal. they don't listen anyways." Says a high school P.E. teacher tells us. “Our students can take care of themselves, they’re practically adults.” Says another teacher.
The school board has decided to keep calling parents and let them deal with the skipping issue. What can they do anyways, punish the students and have their parents come back to yell at them?
Helen and her fellow classmates across the district are continuing to skip class and “make it up later”. There will continue to be phone calls to home (or to student’s cells) and the cycle will remain. Don’t worry every student is doing it.
The Modern Day Hunger Games: The battle for School Ranking…
School Ranking in high schools seems to be top priority beyond everything else. Ask any high school student about school ranking and its importance, they will tell you “It’s a determining factor for the rest of your life, it’s a matter of life or death.”
Most colleges have automatic acceptance without consideration of SAT or ACT scores of that particular student if they are in the top 10% of their class. This is a major motivation to go up in class rank, for some people. Everyone else however are subtly vicious about it. According to a student who ranks in the 2nd quartile, rank 257 says “I personally don’t care much for the ranking system and grading system this school has, but everyone else above me is so consumed in the class rank…that they would sabotage higher ranking people…and threaten those who would drop out of school…so their rank wouldn’t go down.” Another student ranking in the top 10% says “Oh yes, the atmosphere is super tense and ominous even. These kids are ruthless and merciless, they give off a good vibe at first, but they are two faced, if they see you are better than them at anything, they won’t hesitate to shoot you down.” The Advanced Placement Chemistry teacher says “Very few students even care for the material, they are just obsessed with the grade in the class, and I don’t blame them one bit, the school ranking makes all the kids act like animals, fights all over the school over someone having a rank higher than the other, threats from one student to another for the same reason, I have seen it all.”
There are a lot more accounts of treachery, terrified, and just straight up bullies of students, more so then I can count, and that’s quite a bit. It seems pretty obvious no student is another students ally, there is no mercy, not even lady luck will be by these students’ side. Now the question arises, has school ranking systems made The Hunger Games a reality? Have we turned the future of America into savages and ravaging animals caring only for stature rather than the desire to learn and ability to better the future of America? Nah who needs progress and better government and critical thinking skills? It’s all about being better than that person one rank above you. In their eyes, Nothing Else Matters, said best by Metallica.
Teachers need to be taught
Imagine having to get up and face your biggest enemy every day and not having the power to stop them. This is what Alise Ritter, a junior in high school has to face. “Like, I love school cuz’ I can see my friends, but I, like, hate it too because my teachers suck,” she said during an interview. She told us that day after day she experiences abuse and ill-treatment from her teachers. She has to do homework, take notes, and pay attention in all of her seven classes. And that’s not even the worst of it, if she turns anything in late or disrupts the class she gets in trouble. “How am I supposed to hang with my friends when I get in trouble for texting them. It can’t be done, but my teachers don’t understand because they don’t have a life,” she said angrily. All her teachers claim that it shouldn’t be too much if she managed her time and knew what she was doing.
Alise has presented this issue to her parents who took this opportunity to teach a valuable lesson. Her father stated that, “We can’t let this go on for any longer, our countries future is at stake and we can’t just sit around and let this misunderstanding continue.” They set up a parent meeting with every teacher Alise complained about to discuss her behavior. “I believe my little girl is being graded unfairly in those classes, she is very bright,” said Mrs. Ritter, “we needed to put those men and women in their place, they don’t understand the kids nowadays.” After a rather brutal scolding, the teachers agreed to find some way to help Alise so she would have enough time for the things that are really important.
However, Mr. and Mrs. Ritter have only begun their crusade to set corrupt and old-fashioned teachers straight. They say that they plan to speak to other closed-minded teachers and rebuild the system. Mr. Ritter preached, “We can’t have any more kid’s future and their hopes ruined from these teachers that honestly, don’t know how to teach.” “I’m glad my parents are doing this, now everyone can understand, that it’s not the students that can’t be taught,” said Alise matter-of-factly, “it’s the teachers that are unprepared for their job.”