Ignored Rules Reinstated, Administration Catches Undeserved Flack

Posted on February 7, 2012

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Editorial | Frank Vitale

Sometimes in life, we all have to work with (or for) people that we may not like.  As high school students, we have to cooperate with classmates that we might not see eye-to-eye with, learn under the instruction of teachers that we might not particularly like, and follow the directives of administrators that we might disagree with.  However, many of Springfield’s students have trouble with the latter part of this series.
Before I get ahead of myself, let me spend some time expounding a brief history of the administration at this high school.  In the past five years, the high school has seen seven different administrators in various positions, from Principal, to Vice Principal, to Athletic Director.  Over the course of these five years, other changes were brought to the high school and the district as well.  A school redistribution plan moved the eighth grade back down to the elementary school.  A new superintendent was hired.  District-wide administrative positions were both added and removed.
Somewhere in the mix of all this, many of the students here lost a respect for both the rules of this school and for the administrators.  This is especially true for the older students in this building, as they have seen administrators come and go like waiters and waitresses in a kitchen.  Administrators would often come one year, enforce different rules to different degrees, and leave the next.  Over time, many rules fell by the wayside.  Now, the administration – one of the more stable ones seen in this school in a half-decade – is trying to crack down on rules that have gone unenforced for too long.  Not surprisingly, the more rebellious students in the school are stubbornly opposing their attempts.
Whenever I see a student get reprimanded by a teacher, hall monitor, or administrator for having headphones on in the hallways, texting between classes, or bringing food out of the lunchroom, it is almost always met with some form of outright or suppressed insubordination – a vocalized refusal, a muttered complaint, or a hidden roll of the eyes.  And once that administrator, monitor, or teacher is out of eyeshot, the headphones go back in the ear, the phone comes back out, and the eating continues.
What bothers me, though, is that a large portion of the student body has used this crackdown as an excuse to complain about and insult the administration.  These comments range from passing complaints about the administration’s persistent requests to uncouth insults regarding their physical mannerisms and speech patterns.  In one of my classes, a group of students has gone so far as to suggest the creation of an “Occupy Springfield” movement to oppose the administration.
Quite frankly, the comments so often uttered by students about administration and the open attempts at insubordination are disrespectful, outrageous, and just plain rude.  It shows just how immature many of the students at Springfield actually are.  It also shows how spoiled many students have become with regards to what they feel is appropriate.  My suggestion is for the administration to call a school-wide assembly to better address the common infractions occurring in this school.  Their efforts thus far are definitely having an impact, but more needs to be done.
I also suggest that the students pick up their handbooks and look up exactly what some of the rules entail.  Knowing the students at Springfield, most would reply with a sarcastic “I threw that thing away on the first day of school.”  Luckily, it can be found on the school’s website in PDF form.  If you prefer a more tangible source to peruse, I am sure that any of the school’s administrators or guidance counselors could loan you a copy.
To return to my original theme, I will state again that we often have to work with people we don’t particularly like.  However, no matter if it is a student, teacher, or administrator, you must respect them.  No matter what your opinion is concerning any specific individual, you must show them the respect they deserve.  Show our administrators respect, and we will have a more friendly and hospitable school environment.

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