By Jared Dutch –
I’m a rising 11th grader at a Tennessee high school in a “good district.”
I’m quite vocal when it comes to my personal opinions and experiences in the school system. I have sent NUMEROUS emails to the members of the School Board about the concerns I have with the daily occurrences at my school. I have sent well thought out, respectful emails to the board, and RARELY received a response.
I have concerns, such as the option for Hybrid schooling in the future, and the vast waste of time school has become for high school aged students. That being said, I’m extremely dissatisfied with my response rate, which is less than 50%. Those are pretty substandard odds for a response from our duly elected officials that claim to have our best interests at heart. This shows the incompetence of our board of education… it runs deep. I know for a fact I’m not the only one that has had this issue and am wondering who else has struggled to get the respect the board expects?
If you find yourself confused and indecisive about upcoming school board elections, I’d like to come to your aid with a personal testimony of my experience within Tennessee schools.
I’ve been in the same county’s schools since Kindergarten, slowly progressing through the grades, now entering my Junior year of High School.
My Public School career has been continuously bombarded with politically motivated tactics to corrupt the minds of this generation and many to come.
Ranging from my Elementary School principal misappropriating fundraiser funds for personal use, to a few of my middle school teachers attempting to bully young, undeserving minds into a constant state of submission, and ending with my High School experience being extremely politicized, in and out of the classroom.
In an attempt to remedy my issues throughout my high school career, I looked where any normal student would look – principals and guidance.
These issues consisted of racial, sexual, and religious exploitation…
Some of these classes were ideological warfare, with educators pinning cohorts against each other on the basis of their stance on social issues.
For those of you who are invested in the deceit that these concepts are not involved in the teachings within our Public Schools, I have some bad news for you…
These issues persisted constantly throughout my time at my high school. As a vocal student wanting to learn – not be lectured upon social issues in an attempt to form my social and political views to fit nicely in the box of conformity they wish to place us in – I was seen as a troubled student. Continuously questioning the status quo, walking out on lectures, meeting weekly, sometimes daily, with principals. This became burdensome, plaguing my ability to function like a normal student in school as I seemingly had an ideological target on my head.
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These meetings with principals were full of sugar coated, feel good remedies; continuously avoiding my issues at hand, sometimes for weeks at a time. I had the Assistant Principal telling me multiple times that we could review the footage of classroom lecture together, as requested, in an attempt to address the ideological hell that these “educators” were putting student’s easily contorted minds through. Yet, everytime, NOTHING was done.
I have turned elsewhere, the board was not an option, as the current board member representing the zone where I live cares just as much about constituent concerns as my high school Principals proved to.
With that being said, I tried an alternative option. The conservative candidate running in my zone has been there every step of the way to provide comfort and guidance that these apparently “qualified” educators/administrators could not. For the betterment of student life in my county, I pray to God that he wins.
Vote for candidates who will preserve student innocence, inclusivity, and the fostering of creative, intuitive, and free student minds. We, the students of Tennessee, are counting on you!