At UCLA. At University of Wisconsin, Madison. At Rowan University. At University of Florida. At Florida State University.
There comes a time in every person's life when one can no longer rely upon their parents for everyday transportation. As we age, one key factor binds us to our parents, and limits the independence that we rightfully deserve. The situation becomes worse if one has siblings, which. This was an essay for civics class, the title pretty much explains the assignment.
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Here we are getting ready for July 4th and no one has identified a special role for youth. Think about it, for kids through the age of 15 where is there any real independent choice? Suddenly at 16 they get to make legal choices. They can get a driver's learning permit and become terrors on the highway.
Some do. But the school choice thing is fascinating because it is such an important and often difficult choice. Do I tell Mom I'm headed off to Montana to live in the wilds of the country? Do I head off to Wall Street to make a fortune?
Join a rock band? Apply directly to college, or toss away the chance for a high school or college diploma? Suppose we updated the version and came up with a Declaration of Independence for sixteen-year-olds. Below is just such an edited version of the original Declaration specially modified for a sixteen-year old deciding to show his or her independence.
When in the course of youthful learning, it becomes necessary for the younger generation to dissolve the social links that have connected them with an older generation, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle us, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all boys and girls are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, schools are instituted among boys and girls, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
That whenever any form of schooling becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the students to reject such institutions at the earliest legal opportunity, and to institute new forms of personal education, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that schools long established should not be rejected for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under tedium, boredom, testing and and bullying, it is their right, it is their duty, to reject such schooling, and to provide new methods for their future education, training, and security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these students; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of schooling. The history of the present school system is a history of repeated pain and suffering, all having in direct result the establishment of an unreasonable and inefficient learning imposed on these students.
To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world. The school has refused to assent to new school rules, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. The school has adopted laws for testing and academic standards that have little meaning and educational value, and have refused to suspend such procedures or to implement better means of useful education. The school has weakened student government and limited expressions of youthful opposition, and has not respected the impending freedom of students who choose to stay in school.
The school has refused for a long time to cause other avenues of individual or representative expression to strengthen the school experience for all; the school remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of disruption from without and convulsions within. The school has made teachers dependent on the school committee alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
The school has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our youth, and eat out their substance. The school has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our generation, and unacknowledged by our habits; giving its assent to acts of pretended decrees :.
For protecting them, by a mock trial, from responsibility for any punishment which they should commit on the inhabitants of the individual schools :. For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by our peers :.
For taking away our charter schools, abolishing our most valuable beliefs, and altering fundamentally the forms of student governments :. The school has abdicated local government here, by declaring us out of its protection and waging war against us; they have imposed on us long division, Algebra 2, the capitol cities of every state, and a host of agonies beyond our understanding and toleration. The school has plundered our swimming pools, ravaged our lockers, burnt our backpacks, and destroyed the lives of our youth.