Problems with school warrant real request for change

Alexandra Sharp, Features editor

Pointless. Boring. Useless. More than once, I have heard kids in the hallways or at lunch describe school as a complete waste of their time. And let’s be honest, a lot of you who are reading this probably feel that school is so unnecessary that you wish you could just walk out of these halls and never come back.

And with that in mind, I ask you: why don’t you?

Now, for all I know, you can wake up every morning and think, “School! Yay!” But if there is something in this system that drives you absolutely crazy, do something about it. I don’t necessarily mean stage a protest in front of the school, but do what you think is necessary to prove your point.

For me, I feel pretty satisfied with the system. Sure, school can seem ridiculously stressful at times, but I know this is the best chance I have of getting a solid education and being successful in whatever I choose to do. With this in mind, I know all of my grumblings of waking up before the sunrise will eventually be worth it.

Here’s the thing though, I’m not asking you to plaster a smile on your face when thinking of that chemistry test fourth block and that essay due tomorrow that you haven’t started yet. If you believe there’s a problem that no one is doing anything to fix, please don’t join the other 99 percent and wait for someone else to solve your complaints. I know it’s not easy; I know there are risks, but be the initiator and do something.

Let’s be real though, making a difference is not like flipping a light switch. Your problems won’t disappear with one flick of the wrist; it takes time and effort. So how do you go about making change?

Step one: before you bring picket signs and yell, “Scab!” at anyone who walks through the front doors, remember that people are more willing to amend something if you are kind and respectful. Talk to a teacher about your views; I know they can be really intimidating but they can also help you accomplish your goals. Speak with administration, too. After all, if you want to make a difference, they’re going to be the ones implementing your plan. If students unify with the faculty, change will be easier, smoother and faster.

Step three: do it! Be better than the stereotypical North Shore opinionless teenager. Be a leader. Stand up for what you believe in.

If you do believe there are changes to be made, problems to be solved, don’t just stand there and think about it. I’m tired of hearing people complain about school and not do anything but rant until their voice goes hoarse.

If you want to ignite change, then why don’t you?