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megan455 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 3, 2009 at 7:40 PM via web

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How can i make my high school a better place.? Thank you for helping.

I have to write an essay about this for summer project for AP english it is 1 of 5 and has to be between 500-1000 words, I can't think of anything because most thing I would change are inappropriate for an essay.

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hero5 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted August 3, 2009 at 7:54 PM (Answer #2)

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The biggest problem in the middle/high school years is the student's overall tolerance with inappropriate behavior. In an average class there may be one to three students that are behavior problems and are not interested in learning or doing the work. They talk out in class, they make fun of other students, they distract other students and the teacher while learning should be going on. Teachers are equipped to deal with these distractions. The larger problem is the reaction of the class to these students. Often the other students will laugh, begin talking, lose focus or encourage more inappropriate behavior. This adds to the time away from covering the material the teacher needs to go over. Instead, if students realized that these peers were detracting from their education and chose to ignore them or gave them some form of negative reaction, perhaps the distractions would happen less. It is up to each, individual student what they take from their high school experience. Yes, teachers make a difference to an extent, but in the end it will be 'your' time and 'your' effort that will bring about the result you want. So, the biggest thing you can do to make your high school a better place would be to take charge of your education and see it as your job, for the time being, getting out of it what you put into it.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 4, 2009 at 3:30 PM (Answer #3)

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I think that seeking to minimize the destructive effect is of cliques is a way to make high school better.  Over the last decade, I have seen more social fragmentation amongst cliques in and around high school life.  There have always been groupings and sects, and while they existed, groups had a relative code of conduct where there as a sense of live and let live.  There was bullying and intimidation and exclusivity, but it seems like such elements' presence now in the high school setting is much more destructive and focuses more on targeting others, as opposed to enhancing one's own sense of self.  It would seem to me that any attempts to minimizing the destructive nature of modern cliques would be a good attempt to make a difficult setting of high school a better one.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 23, 2009 at 9:14 PM (Answer #4)

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Think of what you expect in a teacher that you could say makes the school a "better place."  Are there not some commonalities between the ideal teacher and the ideal student?  Most students expect a teacher to practice the work habits that she/he demands of students. for one thing.

So, why not consider the point that a student who wishes to improve his/her school should start by setting an example in his/her social and intellectual behavior.  A competitive student can often inspire others to become competitive; they, in turn, inspire others, and so on until the atmosphere in the school becomes competitive.  Sadly, students often expect atmospheres to develop on their own without realizing that it is always people who generate atmosphere.  

Consider the classrooms that you enjoy entering and ask yourself what causes this atmosphere.  Then, you will find your answers in the pleasant, unbiased, competent, caring, energetic, challenging teacher who runs this classroom. 

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted August 24, 2009 at 1:01 AM (Answer #5)

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A change for the better in any community - a school is an ideal place - is to use the simple philosophy of 'treat others as you wish to be treated'. If this premise was utilised by staff, students and caregivers then the school environment would be a much happier place to be. Everyone would think about the feelings of others before they spoke, would consider setting goals that they see value in attaining and would give praise and positive feedback when asked to contribute. Certainly an ideal - but a worthwhile change.

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sharrons | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 1, 2009 at 11:33 AM (Answer #6)

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For this paper, you may want to hone in on one specific area such as bullying.  You can prevent bullying on an individual level by not laughing and going along with the bully when they are picking at someone.  You can be a friend to a person who is being bullied.

On a broader scope, you could develop an "anti-bullying"  club at your school whose job is to cause awareness about bullying.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted October 1, 2009 at 6:25 PM (Answer #7)

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You have to write an essay about your high school that is well known to you as well as to your teacher, who will check and evaluate your essay. This means that should not write about an imaginary high school. Unfortunately, myself or other respondents on this discussion board, I believe, do not have any idea about specifics of your high school. Therefore you have to rely on your own observations and ideas.

It appears you do have some ideas on this subject, but are afraid that your views will not go well with your teachers. In this situation you need to practice the art of "disagreeing without being disagreeable". This is a very important and useful skill in life, and you can start learning this now.

There are many ways of presenting your idea in a way. It will not be possible for me to cover these all here, and if I do, it may confuse you. So I am giving below just one technique.

Examine whatever you dislike about your school and would like to change from the viewpoint of the school authorities or whoever is responsible for it.  Then present your point in a way that takes into consideration the limitation and problem of other party. It is better if you start by showing appreciation for something that is good and then present your suggestion as just an additional improvement, rather than setting right that is wrong. For example, you may feel that selection of books in your school library is no good, but saying so bluntly is no good. You must think and find out how the present selection of books can be useful, and mention that in your essay. Then you can go on to give your suggestion in form of how the utility of library can be improved further.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted April 22, 2010 at 2:41 PM (Answer #8)

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Why don’t you try addressing whether it would be possible for teachers to teach allow students to pick topics of personal interest as a means of learning about literature, history, science, social studies, math, and etc. For example: could a student learn math skills by studying architecture drawing? Or could someone learn figurative language through articles or stories about hunting? What about allowing students more freedom of choice over their studies?

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copelmat | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted April 29, 2010 at 9:33 AM (Answer #9)

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I think you need to start by looking around your own high school and identifying an area for improvement. Perhaps survey other students to get their opinions as well. This prompt doesn't ask you to outline how you might make a generic high school a better place; it ask you how you might make your high school a better place. Making this assignment realistic and specific to you and your school should make it far more engaging to write!

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 17, 2011 at 12:31 PM (Answer #10)

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It sounds like this is for a language class.  That means it's an argument.  I suggest you begin by brainstorming the things you feel are wrong with your high school.  Then consider which ones you can specifically get involved in fixing.

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chrisyhsun | TA , College Freshman | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted June 23, 2014 at 3:58 AM (Answer #11)

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Since this is an opinion essay, I can't directly feed you the arguments to make but I hope to offer you some approaches to thinking about the problem that can help you reach your own conclusion. 

Firstly, what defines "better"? Some people may think that a high school with greatly accelerated coursework makes it better; other people may think that a high school that is more open to student creativity and encourages the arts rather than just academics makes it better. Some people may think that "better" means smaller class sizes for more individualized attention. Some people may think that student input in administrations makes a school better. There are lots of ways you can define "better" and each of them leads to a different path toward improvement. 

Once you have determined your definition of "better", think about what would need to happen in order for your dream to come true. Does funding need to increase? What if it doesn't, is there another way your goals can be accomplished? Depending on the nature of the assignment, you may be encouraged to think without caring about budgets or other resource limitations. On the other hand, maybe referring to these restrictions and showing how you worked around any limitations would better show your teacher the level of thought and effort you put into the assignment.

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Wiggin42 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted June 29, 2014 at 5:59 PM (Answer #12)

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First take a look at the aspects of your school that upset you. Is it an uptight administration? Lack of funding for the music and arts? Lack of administration support for student run clubs? Lack of student clubs? Not enough of opportunities for students to explore and showcase their talents? Offer a solution for a specific problem. 

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acompanioninthetardis | TA , Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 30, 2014 at 4:53 PM (Answer #13)

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This is one of those questions that I cannot answer for you because I have no idea how ypur high school works. However here's just some things to think upon while writing this essay :

think about what part of the building itself sucks like are the bathrooms unsanitary do they smell? Are the floorboards rising is the cafeteria food bad? Describe it and explain why you. Want this issue to be solved and how it would make your school a better place: make it look better or it would be better for the health of students etc... Then think about something you wish you had in the school that would help you want to learn more or help you keep in touch with students like an online notice board or a messaging site  for your school through which you cancontact people  without getting their email or personal info they might not want to share.

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Posted July 19, 2014 at 11:50 AM (Answer #14)

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atyourservice | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted July 30, 2014 at 3:53 AM (Answer #15)

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You should try thinking about the problems in your school. Like things that you dislike. Is there anything in the school that dissatisfies you? Is there any addition that would make you or the student body happy?

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 9, 2014 at 10:58 PM (Answer #16)

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It's very nice of you to want to help make your high school a batter place, but it's a hard job for an individual student. It seems to me that your best bet would be to start by becoming a top notch student yourself. I don't know how good you are already, but maybe you can see room for improvement. If you improved your performance as a student by a small percentage, that would raise the overall percentage by a certain amount. You would also be setting an example for the other students to follow. The top students in any school usually serve as role models for the others, and schools are judged by the quality and achievements of the best students they turn out. 

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thewanderlust878 | TA , Grade 12 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted December 5, 2014 at 12:09 AM (Answer #17)

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These are all great answers! It seems to me there are quite a few people who are truly concerned about making a change in today's middle and high school systems (I'm assuming most are talking about American schools as well). I would definitely suggest possibly writing something about perhaps an academic problem that you might have. For example, if you feel that one of your classes is lacking in some way, such as you have a teacher who doesn't care about the students or really even teaching, then perhaps you could bring that subject up with a principal or superintendent. You could be making huge changes for the better. 

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