Shout and Scream For an A

The Hamilton Spectator - - OUR PULSE - NADIA WALKER, GRADE 11

Do you use your voice with pur­pose? What do I mean by pur­pose? I’m talk­ing about the times when you feel con­fused, con­fused in math class or maybe physics. Is there any time when you don’t want to say some­thing be­cause maybe you’re scared to speak in front of other stu­dents, show­ing that vul­ner­a­ble side of be­ing lost, or maybe you just don’t un­der­stand why you don’t get it, but every­one else does? But you should speak. Speak with a loud voice, speak with a clear voice, speak with ques­tions. Be able to use your voice with pur­pose. The world would be a bet­ter place if stu­dents in the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem used their voices to ad­vo­cate for them­selves.

The sta­tus quo in our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems to­day is filled with stu­dents fall­ing in be­tween the cracks: stu­dents who are lost, and peo­ple who don’t care! Stu­dents are pushed through this as­sem­bly line, hop­ing they will cre­ate some­thing per­fect! But how are stu­dents sup­posed to be able to be cre­ate some­thing per­fect if our as­sem­bly line is bro­ken? If the cracks are too wide, how are we sup­posed crawl out? Who is go­ing to help pull us up? The an­swer is no one! The only peo­ple who are go­ing to help pull us out from the ed­u­ca­tional fog is our­selves. The ef­fects of get­ting lost in the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem is that kids will be la­belled lazy or un­in­tel­li­gent. The dis­re­gard of school will lead to a low level of ed­u­ca­tion, and later to a low pay­ing job. Both of these neg­a­tive im­pacts come from just not us­ing your voice.

Wouldn’t it be amaz­ing if that prob­lem never hap­pened? If all stu­dents thrived in the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem? This can be ac­com­plished, and there can be a brighter fu­ture for all stu­dents. There are ways to over­come the fog, ways to fix the bro­ken as­sem­bly line. The first thing stu­dents can do is change their at­ti­tude. Stu­dents, change your idea of school. See school as pos­i­tive in­stead of be­ing neg­a­tive. This will al­low you to fi­nally raise your hand and gain the con­fi­dence to take con­trol of your ed­u­ca­tion. Now you’re us­ing your voice with pur­pose! The sec­ond thing that will be ef­fec­tive is show­ing that you have the in­ter­est to bet­ter your­self. Be­lieve you can earn an “A,” de­mand the at­ten­tion you need, show your class­mates that you won’t be walked on in group projects, and show your teacher you’re willing to take ini­tia­tive. There is a brighter fu­ture. It just de­pends on how much you want it.

Fi­nally, I’m go­ing to tell you a per­sonal story. I was a kid who went through the same bro­ken sys­tem. I started at the bot­tom, was lost and con­fused. Then I changed. I was told I would never be able to work at my age level. That was be­cause no one ever cared to ask me what I didn’t un­der­stand, or what would make the sit­u­a­tion bet­ter. Then fi­nally I re­al­ized that noth­ing would change un­less I changed it. Those dis­cour­ag­ing words hurt, but they were im­por­tant for me to achieve suc­cess. Now I am a con­fi­dent stu­dent tak­ing all aca­demic cour­ses, and mak­ing hon­our roll. So please raise your hand to a bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion, and to speak in a clearer, louder voice.

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