I urge every adult in this town to take a look at my latest blog on senior prank day. Read the students' comments. There you will see the cream of our senior class defending the undefendable, showing that their fun comes first at all costs. That at 17 or 18 years old they are the absolute arbiters of what is right and wrong, they know what is fair for all based on their years of wisdom.
To mention anything that happens at the high school is an offense to these kids. In history, bad things occur when people keep secrets about what is going on. Everyone seems to refuse to bring it out in the open. That is what I did. I put senior prank day out for the whole town to see what has been going on at the high school. You can put lipstick on this pig all you like, but it still not pretty and it doesn't belong in school. I was told this would raise the ire of the kids, but I will continue to do so.
I will let the taxpayers decide if this is what we should be paying 75 percent of our tax dollars on. Read their comments. Make up your own minds. Their writing is fine, but what have they learned?
I think that the wrong lessons are being taught at the high school. Look what they have come away with. As long as the majority are having fun, then what happens to the rest doesn't matter. We have taught fine lessons indeed. To offer an opinion of the truly horrific things that go on at the high school, and not only on senior prank day, has been deemed these worldly wise scholars as unconstitutional.
I am putting Dr. McIintyre, Joe Hurley, Patrick Guida and the school committee on notice. This will be my cause for the next year. I will be at the meetings. I will be writing about it. This will be brought out again and again. There is no argument you can make to keep the practice other than you are afraid of the kids.
We can argue on the value of the senior project, whether it should be a graduation requirement, or the 20-30% of students who cheat on the paper and field work. We can argue about whether a 70% on a final should be necessary to graduate. We can argue the importance of a Forbes study showing us as rated fourth in the country based a narrow criteria. Or what weight we should give to NECAP testing.
On all those issues we can argue but at least you have an argument, though I believe faulty argument, at least somewhere there is an argument that it is good for education.
How is senior prank day good for education? What argument can you make for it? Each day the schools are open costs the taxpayers over $230,000. How can it be worth $230,000 for dead fish in the cafeteria? Or frightened dehydrated pigs running the halls? I am anxious to hear the answers from my elected officials. Justify any part of the expense.
It is time for the adults to look at the situation. The students are running the school. The inmates are running the asylum. It needs to stop. Now.