Are We Addressing The Needs Of Our Schools?

KayCee

There are many problems that need to be addressed in the public schools today. What factors are causing these problems in the schools? The main causes are absence of prayer, the many pressures of school, lack of dress code, and insufficient numbers of caring teachers, faculty, and students.

When I say lack of prayer in the schools, I don't mean lets make everyone one religion and every morning at school we can pray in that one religion. Instead there should be a moment of silence. Not to take up time but to let everyone have a moment to pray to whomever or however they wish. For the kid who's grandpa died and has to go to school because they need their two points for this six weeks. And the ones who wish not to pray can take that moment to just think. Lord knows we as high school students don't have much time to just stop and think.

There are many pressures in the public schools. All of a sudden in high school everything changes. Everyone takes that first merger into "the real world". As a junior there is much more pressure put on the students. One minute a sophomore thinking "Yeah I'm going to college". While the next as a junior thinking "How on earth am I going to get to college". Now that we are juniors we are suppose to be grown up. Everything from "Where am I getting my gas money?" to "Where am I going to college?" is going through our minds all of the time, and yet some how we are supposed to come out calm and prosperous. All of this pressure and many of young adults do not get a chance to let it out. It is like tossing a human body in to outer space with no protection. It's a vacuum that just tears it apart piece by piece. Could this have been what caused the Columbine shooting? Perhaps there was so much pressure put on those two boys to be in the "in crowd" that one day they just couldn't take it anymore.

A small element in all of this is the dress code. How sad is this? There is a shooting at least every year in a school, and administrators and teachers are worried about whether our shorts are too short. The office complains of girls wearing shorts that are too short when there are rather larger girls running around with an extra layer of skin. Perhaps we should have uniforms. Would that really solve the problem though? Kids would still get theirs clothes too tight or too baggy. The schools would still have as much segregation as there is in the schools today. People do not only judge by how we dress but also by what we live in, where our house is located, what we have, and who we are related to. No one can change any of these things. Maybe uniforms will make a difference and maybe they won't?

Another factor in all of this is the faculty, parents, and students attitudes. Most of the faculty either just do not care, or they are afraid to say something in fear of loosing their jobs. The guidance counselors are another part of this. When students go in to talk to the guidance, they are always eating and they say come back later. When you come back, they are still eating. When aren't they eating? Then we actually catch them not eating, go in to tell them our problems, and they end up telling us theirs; then nothing gets done about the students' problems. Where are the students suppose to go? We go to a teacher; they tell us that is what the guidance is for. We go to the guidance, and they are eating. We go home and our parents are at work. So here we are all no where to turn so we are forced to bottle it up inside. When we do catch the counselors and tell them our problems supposedly in all secrecy the whole school and half the town ends up knowing. What were we better off doing? Students end up with even more anger than before they even told anyone.

It is no wonder that we have all of the problems in our