Rules Can Be Both Good And Bad...

Social injustices have plagued human society since the establishment of the first civilization to exist on the planet Earth.  Teenagers are prone to numerous injustices as they are only beginning to be accepted into society as civilized individuals.  Schools are an immense attraction for such injustices against these teenagers who already face external complications.  One such teenager, who wishes to remain anonymous, was informed two times that he was supposed to be inducted into his school’s advanced English course.  It is to be noted that he was notified by his teachers both times that he had been entered into the program, although it never occurred.  This could lead to the compromise that the student would be allowed into the class, which would relieve the anger expressed by him, and would avoid conflict between him and the staff.  This is a conflict which could be easily rectified in a timely manner without much controversy.

In most modern schools of today, administrative boards have ensured that they included rules regarding usage of digital audio players in class, essentially stating that they are banned from use on the premises.  This rule was most likely established to prevent students from tuning out their teacher as they attempt to give a lecture.  However, students sometimes refer to music for several reasons, including emotional and stress relief and only listen to their music while working to tune out distractions.  This rule could be most efficiently modified for both parties involved if it were to allow students to listen to their music on agreeable circumstances.  Students would have to provide their full, undivided attention to their instructor during lectures and complete all work promptly without conflict.  This conflict would be able to be dissolved if both parties were to agree upon the aforementioned circumstances, which are undoubtedly fair to both sides.

Games are yet another pastime which allow a given student’s mind time to relax after having processed a large sum of data.  Especially in classes in which all students are required to possess access to a computer, however, students often abuse their rights to use their school’s network.  During valuable time which is intended to be spent working on educational activities, they often occupy themselves in an inappropriate manner.  Therefore, districts such as the Walled Lake Consolidated School District, have taken to employing Internet filters in order to prevent such abuse of privileges.  A compromise to this rule would be that students would be granted access upon completion of their assignment via a terminal which allows a school employee to grant a certain user on the network access to websites which were temporarily banned.  This allows students to finish their work on time while allowing them to play games at the same time.  Social injustices pose a powerful threat towards teenagers even through the advancements of the twenty-first century.
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3 Responses Sep 10, 2006

Not getting around to putting a student in an english class, a social injustice? I think that's going a bit far. I think the ex<x>pression you probably should have used for all of these examples was poor administration; a definite problem in schools, and government-based institutes everywhere. I agree about the music issue though - our teachers realised that listening to music actually deterred students from talking amongst themselves and opened up the creative side of the brain, so we were allowed to listen to discmans and mp3s at school.

Just an interresting side-note here. Remember the long standing rule of " No Chewing Gum During Class"? Well, now studies are proving chewing gum actually increases students concentration and brain power for correct answers! Of coarse, I doubt this changes the rule any time soon since this becomes a useful tool for deviant behavior such as leaving gum under the chair, on the floor to step on, or target practice for someone's head!

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