An ordinary day for a kid in school can be tough. You might think to yourself, “Well, it’s just school. If I did it, so can they.” or, “What can be so bad about school?” Well, i’m here to tell you that its not just school. It’s the place you go everyday from when you’re 5 till you’re 18, and its the place that greatly influences you’re personality, mental and physical health. So, no, its not just anything, its the biggest part of you’re life for twelve years. If you don’t think its a big deal, then you need a wake-up call because if you don’t want our country to go to waste, then we all need to step up and fix our school systems.
Everyday, kids go to school, and in some places, are deprived of their freedom. There are so many rules that our administrators claim are there for our safety, but are just making us go crazy trying to express ourselves. For example, at my previous school, we could not have any “unnatural hair colors”, or body piercings that were not on the ear. Even then you could not have gauges, and your earrings could not be too big, otherwise it was a “distraction” and you would be sent to the principals office and could possibly have In-School Suspension.
Not only can you not express yourself freely, but you also couldn’t wear certain shoes/jewelry because they could be used as weapons and backpacks were not allowed because you could be carrying a weapon inside the bag. Pens, pencils, staplers, hole-punchers, laptops, laptop cases, headbands, necklaces, binders, desks. Why am I listing all these random objects you may ask? Well, when you want to look at it as “trying to keep us safe”, then all these things should be banned from school. Every. Single. One. Of these items could be used as a weapon, or to conceal one.
My point is, we know you’re trying to keep us safe but depriving us of these freedoms and then claiming that its “for our safety” or “preparing us for college” is a bunch of bullshit. At college, your dress can come above the knees, you hair can be neon pink and bright blue, and you can have gauges the size of Texas. You can carry backpacks, purses bigger than a sheet of paper, gym bags, or laptop cases. No teacher at college is going to stop you assuming that because you are wearing a jacket, or have a backpack, you are carrying a weapon unless you give them reason to.
While you may think these rules are good for kids, they are actually bad. Just think about it from our perspective. Our brains are still growing, and that means we need room for creativity and learning, but when you put us in a situation where we have to think the same then there is no room for growing. What good are we as a society, if no one grows mentally? What good are we if we are not changing, and remain stagnant? We are supposed to be teaching our kids to form their own opinion, and be open to change, but our school systems are doing just the opposite by not giving their students the freedom to express themselves.