They do not speak for us all.Posted Monday, February 28, 2011, at 7:30 PM
Word on the street says the sign was meant to be ironic. Thank goodness.
The behavior of those students has taken away much of the voice the students have in this matter. While we may not be taxpayers, we are very much affected by the decisions regarding "Students Come First". And because of that, we have every right to protest- if it does not disturb the educational process. Had this protest taken place outside of school hours, I may have joined. (Perhaps I could have gotten them to calm down and put their clothes back on?) And for the reason that Supreme Court cases rule stunts like this unacceptable- I stayed in my classroom where the only words my teacher spoke on the matter were "They have a right to protest" and a comparison of the state government taking away good-faith bargaining to the state nullifying a contract between a consumer and his/her home contractor. Then we covered the section in our textbook and watched/read news items regarding Libya.
I have had the opportunity to read Mr. Luna's bill. I agree and disagree with it.
I agree- Our classrooms need to be updated. We need to encourage good teachers to stay within Idaho. We need to increase science education.
I disagree- That class sizes should be increased. That online classes should be mandated (I have taken online classes, I retained almost none of the information I was presented and I am a very academically inclined student.) That we should provide students with laptops. (I know what I'd do with that- play games every time the teacher wasn't looking- I did it in my business econ class until they deleted the games off of the CPU.)
What would I do? If we must cut jobs, direct the funding to better pay so that we may retain our effective teachers and NOT to laptops for everybody. Create a better tool for evaluating teachers and a faster process to eliminate ineffective teachers that still allows them to understand WHY they are deemed ineffective. Eliminate the science ISAT- we're not being evaluated on it for NCLB and we're wasting resources to proctor it.
Whether you agree with my thoughts or not, do not create your opinions about the students based on the participants of the walk-out.
Do NOT think that every teacher condoned today's behavior or is "indoctrinating" us with their anit-Luna sentiment, because I haven't heard a single word during class about it until today (see above).
Do not shut us out because we aren't currently taxpayers.
Listen to us because you have our futures in your hands, and we deserve to tell you what we think.
As the parents and fellow community members who are making decisions for those that can't, (Just three weeks 'til I get to be a voter! Thank goodness!) you have a responsibility to effectively utilize your votes. Your vote controls our future, and we will control the future.
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