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Needed Changes in the High School

Things are constantly changing; technology, fashion, food, and places. Something that isn’t changing as much as it could in Findlay High School. Things that should be changed at the school range from bathroom issues to problems with sports and the time school starts. Students at the High School spoke up about what they would change.

Most students would agree that school starts too early. Sleep is not only a luxury, but a necessity and with after-school activities and homework, getting to bed early can be difficult.

“I would change what time school starts-it’s too early. There are studies showing that teenagers perform better in school when they get more sleep,” Senior Danielle Snyman said.

Public bathrooms aren’t usually the most pleasant places. School bathrooms might be worse. Sophomore Jon Deckard agrees that the bathrooms in the high school needs major improvements.

“Oh gosh, I would want better bathrooms. That’s really it,” Deckard said.

The staff and students at Findlay High School are big on sports. Whether they are being played or watched, high school sports are a big deal. While there is football, swimming, wrestling, and many other sports, there could still be others added.

“If I could change something, I would definitely want to have a lacrosse team,” Sophomore Owen Morse said.

These are just a few things that are, for the most part, fairly simple to change. If the school were to add a new sports team, adjust the bathrooms or start school at a reasonable time, students might have a few less things they would want to change about Findlay High School.

A case for less conventional higher education

College has become a highly competitive environment in terms of admission. We all are aware of the kids striving to be doctors, lawyers, and engineers who battle to get into Ivy leagues and other prestigious universities. It’s on a rare occasion that we acknowledge the struggles of those kids striving to study fine arts, design, or film.

The job market for creative careers is highly competitive. Employers seek out the best of the best in their craft and prefer those who have studied at an accredited and respected university. In order to gain acceptance into one of these high ranked art and design schools, potential students must not only show excellence in their academic work, but also display abundant creative potential.

Most art and design schools require students to submit a portfolio showcasing artistic works in addition to standardized test scores and transcripts. The admission decision is so heavily weighted on the committee’s opinion of the work presented in a student’s formal portfolio. Potential applicants devote tremendous time and effort into compiling an admission worthy portfolio.

Their is a broad spectrum of artistic studies ranging from video game design to fine arts. Some of the top schools in the nation include Parsons The New School for Design, The Pratt Institute, The Rhode Island School of Design, The Savannah College of Art and Design, The Columbus College of Art and Design, and The Maryland College of Art and Design. Most of these schools require students to complete foundation studies in art history, basic design, and color theory to give them a strong background in the arts before progressing into their major specific courses.

Once accepted into a high level design or art school, the actual courses of study are extremely rigorous. Although often times the classes aren’t what one would traditionally expect, they are challenging to students and require serious time commitments and devotion. Many people often overlook the talent and hard work that go into studying majors of this nature.

“Tank Top Massacre” energy could be focused on bigger issues

Recently the “tank top massacre” took our school by storm and since that Tuesday, rebellion has been the main conversation topic.

Going against rules and speaking out against something that you do not agree with is one thing, but why would we as a school choose a topic as trivial as tank tops?

Constantly we complain about rules, authority, teachers and having to conform to the society that is public school – we are teenagers, it is what we do.

In all honesty, through this movement, what we proved is that we cannot even protest – not due to rules, or faculty or any other childish explanation we can come up with to justify what we did, but because we took it too far and let it get out of hand.

I can honestly say that some of the signs posted and things said on Twitter made me ashamed to associate my name with this generation.

Peaceful protest would be one thing – simply wearing tank tops to mark that we did not agree. But cheap shots and mockery of actual world problems? That is just sickening.

Another problem is the fact that as a school we have an obvious issue with people getting along with one another, and yet we can unite over a sleeveless shirt? So in other words, if we really wanted to get along we could find a common interest and tolerate each other through that. This whole “movement” has proved that much.

Instead of questioning tank tops and banding together over something so ridiculous that will not matter to us five years down the road, we could use our ability to join together for something bigger than annoying rules we do not agree with.

There are actual problems within this school and more importantly in this world. I know however that it would be a waste of time to suggest we examine the real problems in society because we are selfish “human beings” and we will not create a revolution unless it directly and personally applies to us. It just takes too much effort to care about something bigger than our lives and us. I totally understand though, the worst possible thing that could be going on in the world is not being able to wear tank tops when it hits 80 degrees. It’s not like we wore tank tops before this whole mess and nobody cared or anything. It’s not like we brought this up as an “issue” out of nowhere.

I can honestly say, I can’t think of a single time that I ever really agreed with anything the administration has to say. However, all they did this time around was do their job and enforce the rules they were told to uphold. Maybe people think punishments were too harsh, but maybe we could have acted more like the adults we are growing into instead of the children we used to be.