The “Ideal” Learning Environment
Upon reading A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give, I felt that there was much to disagree on. The experience of attending school in the U.S. might change if this speech was to be given each school year but would this change, in fact, be for the best? There is no doubt that many public school faculty members approve of this type of message and it is likely that parents also respond positively. At this point most would be in favor of delivering this speech to students but a crucial party has been left out of the vote; the students themselves. What is the general consensus among students regarding the ideal learning environment? The answer to this question is not easily given; otherwise this speech would be radically different from its published version.
First and foremost, for a principal to take command of a school requires that person to be well educated, sympathetic, rational, and properly organized. By giving a first speech regarding the school’s atmosphere it is apparent that this principal has a game plan for his new school. Considering these modern times I agree with this person’s position concerning classic educational ideology and reform. In order to work efficiently, it is necessary that educators understand how their education system has been developed in the past and where it is going in the future. This means remembering ethnic controversy in education and building from where it was last resolved.
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In looking at the principal’s first contention we see that this person is in favor of maintaining one ethnicity within public school walls; American. While I do not disagree with the overarching idea, the reasons behind this idea are what I feel is irrational. We as true Americans must remember our nation’s controversial history regarding ethnic diversity in education. In the past, schools were segregated based on “race” and minority students had to hide their cultural heritage for fear of society’s rejection. Many steps were taken to make the dream of equality become a reality. If all schools were to no longer honor ethnicity and promote commonness then we have taken a major step backwards in my opinion. Stereotyping and labeling is still very common today among the people and the only way to overcome this is to teach our children at a young age to honor and appreciate the various ethnicities found around the world. Now the question is how do we teach our children to enjoy culture? Not by removing ethnic education and appreciation. According to the speaker, cultural clubs promote egotism. This is not true. These clubs help students understand the world around them by learning about their own people and heritage. Removing this identity from public school would be detrimental to the children’s upbringing.
Aside from my objections concerning ethnic diversity policy in public schools, this is a well-written essay with a well-thought-out-message. Later in the speech the Principal speaks of sex, drug, and alcohol education. His or her view regarding this is that it should be completely omitted from the schedule. Of course, there are many people that would agree with the speaker’s position due to premature exposure to mature content. I understand why this might be the case because of the common teen pregnancies and drug abuse. To expose a student to something of this nature, especially if they had never seen this before, might be corrupting them in the views of parents and this particular Principal. To remove sexual education and drug and alcohol
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education would result in significantly more ignorant youth than is acceptable. This common ignorance would be disastrous in the future due to more unwanted pregnancies and more cases of drug and alcohol abuse. Early education is key to properly raising children, why strip them of one crucial aspect? Drug and alcohol abuse programs were created out of necessity due to countless cases of fatalities of people under the influence at the time of death. I feel that these programs are needed to properly educate high school students.
The principal’s sixth contention is, in my opinion, exaggerated. He or she feels that if drug and alcohol abuse programs continue to teach prevention, more students will reciprocate the true message and act detrimentally to their own well-being. I feel that the reasons behind the principal taking this position are reasonable but not rational. The speaker should have reworded his or her last contention to read differently. There is no reason to omit sexual education and drug and alcohol programs from public schools other than to improve spending in other areas of public education.
Overall this speech was well-written and contained a well-thought-out message but was lacking in some areas. I do personally and ethically agree with the majority of what the speaker had to say. There are some areas in which I do not. Ethnic diversity and appreciation policy should not be removed from public education because it would result in children losing their own identities. Individual identity is what our nation was built upon; Learning individual subsistence was the core ideal in which the United States of America was founded on and robbing our youth of individual identity through cultural appreciation would be equivalent to robbing our nation’s core ideology. Lastly, I feel that reorienting schools away from sexual and drug abuse education towards academics is on the surface a seemingly harmless plan. In reality, this reorientation would serve students only in the most negative ways. Contrary to what parents and higher ranking educators might believe, removing these awareness programs would result in an awful
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ignorance among our youth. The underlying message of this last contention is solid yet irrational.