It seems like every week my sister comes home from school with some absurd new rule that Newton North is instituting. North used to be known for it’s cultural lifestyle, where mushes could run free, and burgahs roamed the halls, but now it’s probably known for one of it’s eight SAT prep classes or the Quidditch team. Some of the new rules I have heard about really take away the fun of high school. I’m going to share the rules with you in order of when I heard about them.
1) Students write an essay that is reviewed by your housemaster and athletic director in order to become a “6th Man Leader”.
The school does not determine who the biggest basketball fans are; the students know. The kids who go to the most games and make the most noise are the leaders, not somebody who can write an essay about what makes them a good leader.
2) Students get breathalyzed at the doors of basketball games.
Kids in high school drink nationwide, that is always going to be a part of American culture. Ban a kid who gets sick at a game. Sure, I can understand that. But let the parents raise their own kids. Alcohol is a social thing, a basketball game is a social event. To breathalyze students at the door of an event that is supposed to be fun, takes the fun out of it.
3) Students must sign a waiver that would allow faculty to breathalyze them if they wanted to take a fan bus to a sporting event.
When I was at North, I thought one of the main points of the fan bus was to prevent students from drinking and driving to away games. That certainly was the most positive effect. I can understand the legal issues with a bus full of drunk kids, but the administration should know the drunk driving to games has definitely increased since implementing this rule. Besides, nobody is going on a fan bus sober…
4) Everybody attending Senior Prom must take the bus provided by the school, no limos or party buses allowed.
A part of Senior Prom is going on a limo, enjoying the best of times in a classy manner, taking that privilege away is absurd. You’re already done. All but checked out. This doesn’t have an effect on education; which is the domain or schools. It’s only effect is on sphere of life that is definitively outside the realm of education. >
5) You can not complete prom proposals on school property without asking for permission, next year prom proposals will not be allowed on school property at all.
Prom proposals have been the only culture produced by this Senior class, now it is extinct. They have been a tradition of highschools in the united states for decades. Dating is a part of life. What exactly is the school trying to accomplish?
6) If somebody engages in a fight with you, you can not fight back or you will be suspended
If a boy was beating the shit out of my sister, she is not permitted to fight back, but try to find a teacher… What are you teaching these kids? You defend yourself in business, you defend yourself in arguments, if someone attacks you, you should defend yourself. Simply so you don’t get hurt. This is so incredibly soft.
After hearing all that, I knew that Newton North was officially drained of culture. All of these rules are not going to change the students, it is only going to change the amount of fun the students have in the school. Newton North has overstepped the line of governing the students education, and is trying to govern their lives. That is not their job. The school board is not paid to make those decisions. Fuck that. Newton North used to be a home of great culture, where everyone got a great education and graduated with great friends and great memories. I knew the second I walked into the new school, culture was going to start slowly diminishing. I was right. Best of luck Newton North, don’t give in to the bullshit, and gain back your right to good culture.