Monday, August 28, 2006

Civil Disobedience

Imagine that an administrator were to walk into this classroom right now and dictate to you the following message:

"Starting today, Arapahoe will have a closed campus. Students are not to leave the grounds during the school day for any reason. This is designed not to punish you but for your own protection. In order to accommodate the extra students in the cafeteria during lunch, the school day will be extended by one hour. Any questions you have need to be submitted in written form to the principal."

How would you react? What actions would you take (or not take)? How far would you be willing to go? Use one quotation from Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" to support your response.

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Blogger jessie-w said...

After saying somethings to myself that I couldn't post I would go about this in a very direct way. I'd try and get as many students as possible involved to voice their oppionion. We could do this by writing letters and holding gatherings. I'm in student council and I would most definetly get them involved. I would make apointments to go see who ever I would have to. I would bring up the point that Arapahoe is a college prepatory school and taking away off hours is not preparing us for college. If the administration does not listen to the students I would try and have teachers and parents voice their own oppioion. If all else fails I would go back to the administarion and plead with them to then make the changes for the next school year. Thoreau goes on to say that "government is best which governs least." If the school becomes too involved then it takes away our rights to find out who we are. We need our rights to become the people we are going to be tomorow.

7:57 AM  
Blogger MaureenM said...

I would react like others around me. I would be outraged about the new policy. I would talk to others to see what they were going to do about it. But to tell you the truth I would be one of those people that wouldn't do anything about it but if there was a vote or something I would put my vote in and "I am willing to leave it to the majority." I wouldn't stay completely out of it. If there was a rally to get out off campus back I would probably go. I just would lead the whole thing.

7:57 AM  
Blogger MollyR said...

I would be very mad. If school went an hour longer, that would mean that sports practices would also go an hour longer. Then I wouldn't have as much time to do my homework. That would be horrible. I would probably write a long letter to Mr. Booth. Thoreau says, "That government is best which governs least." He thinks we should have more freedom. Thoreau would not be in favor of a closed campus. He would think the students should have freedom to go off campus if they wanted to. Open campus is a great privilege. I would be upset if all of a sudden we didn't have it.

7:58 AM  
Blogger Lizzie A said...

I think that if that were to happen, I would probably be the type of person who wouldn't have the guts to stand up to the administrator or do anything to drastic. I would, of course, be very angry and want to do something about it, but I don't think that I would actually be able to stand up to the person in control. Thoreau said that "All men recognize the right of revolution; that is the right to refuse allegiance to, and resist, the government, when it's tyranny or its inefficiency are great".

7:59 AM  
Blogger Cassy H said...

I would immediately say something to the administrator. I would ask for further reasoning and explain my points on why I think his desicion is a bad one. They took away most of the resposibility of young adults by taking away off campus. The more that the administration interferes, I believe the more 'lawbreakers' there will be. As Thoreau says, "The government is best when it governs the least" (85). I would definately write a letter, and express my complaints. I would join others in protest at whatever it was, but not to the extent of jepordizing my grades or my academic school life.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Cassy H said...

I would immediately say something to the administrator. I would ask for further reasoning and explain my points on why I think his desicion is a bad one. They took away most of the resposibility of young adults by taking away off campus. The more that the administration interferes, I believe the more 'lawbreakers' there will be. As Thoreau says, "The government is best when it governs the least" (85). I would definately write a letter, and express my complaints. I would join others in protest at whatever it was, but not to the extent of jepordizing my grades or my academic school life.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Cassy H said...

I would immediately say something to the administrator. I would ask for further reasoning and explain my points on why I think his desicion is a bad one. They took away most of the resposibility of young adults by taking away off campus. The more that the administration interferes, I believe the more 'lawbreakers' there will be. As Thoreau says, "The government is best when it governs the least" (85). I would definately write a letter, and express my complaints. I would join others in protest at whatever it was, but not to the extent of jepordizing my grades or my academic school life.

8:05 AM  
Blogger GaryH said...

If an administrator were to say something like that to me I would be very upset! I would want a very good and legitimate reason for doing so. If the reason was not a good one then I would probably take action. I would either calmly write a letter complaining or I would try to rebel with all of the other class mates. The quote, that best supports my way of thinking is, “As for adopting the ways which the state has provided for remedying the evil, I know not of such ways.” Pg. 92 This states that you should not have to follow any rule that you do not believe is fair and just.

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8:06 AM  
Blogger Brittany F said...

I would be very upset and angry. I would take action by writing letters and having sit-ins with my fellow students. I would be willing to go to a semi extreme state in order to not let this happen. I think that having open campus lets students get away for a little bit and escape all the stress of school for small portions of the day and with that being taken away school would be even more stressful. Then if there was an extra hour added to the end of each day it would be more overwhelming then words can describe on top of sports and other things that students participate in outside of school. One quotation by Thoreau that supports my response would be "That government is best which governs least"(85). Although Thoreau was talking about more extreme measures I think that if the school were to have us so sheltered, they would have way too much control over us, causing students to create havoc that did not even need to occur in the first place if they would’ve let us continue on with our open campus freedoms.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Brittany F said...

I would be very upset and angry. I would take action by writing letters and having sit-ins with my fellow students. I would be willing to go to a semi extreme state in order to not let this happen. I think that having open campus lets students get away for a little bit and escape all the stress of school for small portions of the day and with that being taken away school would be even more stressful. Then if there was an extra hour added to the end of each day it would be more overwhelming then words can describe on top of sports and other things that students participate in outside of school. One quotation by Thoreau that supports my response would be "That government is best which governs least"(85). Although Thoreau was talking about more extreme measures I think that if the school were to have us so sheltered, they would have way too much control over us, causing students to create havoc that did not even need to occur in the first place if they would’ve let us continue on with our open campus freedoms.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Brittany F said...

I would be very upset and angry. I would take action by writing letters and having sit-ins with my fellow students. I would be willing to go to a semi extreme state in order to not let this happen. I think that having open campus lets students get away for a little bit and escape all the stress of school for small portions of the day and with that being taken away school would be even more stressful. Then if there was an extra hour added to the end of each day it would be more overwhelming then words can describe on top of sports and other things that students participate in outside of school. One quotation by Thoreau that supports my response would be "That government is best which governs least"(85). Although Thoreau was talking about more extreme measures I think that if the school were to have us so sheltered, they would have way too much control over us, causing students to create havoc that did not even need to occur in the first place if they would’ve let us continue on with our open campus freedoms.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Brittany F said...

I would be very upset and angry. I would take action by writing letters and having sit-ins with my fellow students. I would be willing to go to a semi extreme state in order to not let this happen. I think that having open campus lets students get away for a little bit and escape all the stress of school for small portions of the day and with that being taken away school would be even more stressful. Then if there was an extra hour added to the end of each day it would be more overwhelming then words can describe on top of sports and other things that students participate in outside of school. One quotation by Thoreau that supports my response would be "That government is best which governs least"(85). Although Thoreau was talking about more extreme measures I think that if the school were to have us so sheltered, they would have way too much control over us, causing students to create havoc that did not even need to occur in the first place if they would’ve let us continue on with our open campus freedoms.

8:06 AM  
Blogger mattheww said...

If an administrator walked into the class and gave us that message, I would be possibly a little angry. No, take that back, I'd be very angry. I would have a unique way of complaining though, I'd go and talk to my mom. Sounds kind of childish, but since she works here, administrators would hold her opinion in higher esteem than they would if a student complained. If they didn't change it, then there's not really much that I could really do about it, because I'm just one person and I don't hold much power by myself. Changing our rules that drastically would not be cool and would really screw with sports and that would be even worse. If they changed the schedule that means that I'd be at football until 7, and I would seriously hate that. As Thoreau stated, "All men recognise the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to tesist, the government, when its tyrrany or its ineffiency are great and unendurable" (88). We all have the right to rebel against the government if we don't agree with what the government was doing. Which is why I would think that most of the students would not listen to the new schedule.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Hadley B. said...

If an administrator were to come in and tell the class that we have a closed campus, I would be very upset. I would not though, act out in front of the administrator. The only reason I would not act out as an individual is because I would be afraid that my opinion wouldn’t be heard. If I were to get a group of my friends or anyone that shared the same feelings, I would have no hesitation of stating my opinion. To me, the more people you have for support, the more people will listen. If it was just me against the school, I guarantee no one would listen. I just think that groups have more of an effect than one person alone. Unless the administration had a legit reason for closing campus, I wouldn’t feel the need to rebel. Like Thoreau said, “I was not born to be forced” (Thoreau 97), and neither was I, so why should I have to listen to something I do not agree with.

8:06 AM  
Blogger zoek said...

If someone were to come in and make such a big change so suddenly, i would be angry. While the administrator was telling us i would probably be asking him questions, as to why this was happening. I dont think i would write a letter to Mr.Booth, because i highly doubt that would change anything. Instead, i think i would get together with other students and parents and petition this ridiculous idea. "After all, the practical reason why, when the power is once in the hands of the people, a majority are permitted, and for a long period continue, to rule is not because they are most likely to be in the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but because they are physically the strongest." I think this quote supports my idea to gather a majority opposed to this idea because although it might not be right, it would more than likely work.

8:07 AM  
Blogger BillM said...

After hearing these ideas from a school administrator I in no way would be happy about this decision. At that very minute I would consider which school I would like to transfer to and not stop pursuing a new school until it actually happen. Me being a nice person would feel bad for this administrator for the second after he says this he would have an entire Arapahoe school full of kids who would immediately hate him/her. There is no doubt in my mind that almost every student if not all would disagree with this new policy. With people used to the system in which some have been doing for three years it would not be easy to change all of a sudden and be ok with it. Like Thoreau said “How can a man be satisfied to entertain an opinion merely, and enjoy it?”page 91.Students all around the school would begin to rebel and it would not be a pretty sight. So for the sanity of this school i really hope this would never happen.

8:07 AM  
Blogger mattheww said...

If an administrator walked into the class and gave us that message, I would be possibly a little angry. No, take that back, I'd be very angry. I would have a unique way of complaining though, I'd go and talk to my mom. Sounds kind of childish, but since she works here, administrators would hold her opinion in higher esteem than they would if a student complained. If they didn't change it, then there's not really much that I could really do about it, because I'm just one person and I don't hold much power by myself. Changing our rules that drastically would not be cool and would really screw with sports and that would be even worse. If they changed the schedule that means that I'd be at football until 7, and I would seriously hate that. As Thoreau stated, "All men recognise the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to tesist, the government, when its tyrrany or its ineffiency are great and unendurable" (88). We all have the right to rebel against the government if we don't agree with what the government was doing. Which is why I would think that most of the students would not listen to the new schedule.

8:07 AM  
Blogger karlak said...

If open campus was taken away from Arapahoe I would be furious. I mean what are the reasons for taking it away? Had we been abusing it? I think that if they took away open campus many other students would also be furious and there would probably be a strike, boycott, or petition going around by the end of the day and I know that I would be a part of any actions against the closed campus. The addition of an extra hour is even worse. It's bad enough that we have to start school at 7:00 a.m. but now we have to end at 3:00 p.m. when the elementary schools get out. By taking away open campus they are limiting students and taking away a freedom that comes to teens. They are also as I said limiting us and are ability to live deliberately. Thoreau also talks about unjust laws when he says, "unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once" (92)? Thoreau understands that there are unfair things out there in the world and we should do something about them it just depends on the way we do it.

8:07 AM  
Blogger Alyssa W. said...

I would probably be very angry and think how unfair this is. High school is supposed to be a place where you transition from being a teenager to acting more like an adult. We are supposed to be given more trust and freedom. When someone takes away our privileges, it makes the action seem like the administrators still see us as liable eighth graders. I would probably write to the principle and maybe even start a petition to abolish the new rules. To take these privileges away is unjust and unfair. Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience, says, "Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them..." (92).This statement kind of shows what I would do. I would work and work until the new unfair rules at our school is fixed so that both the administrators and students are happy.

8:08 AM  
Blogger GaryH said...

If an administrator were to say something like that to me I would be very upset! I would want a very good and legitimate reason for doing so. If the reason was not a good one then I would probably take action. I would either calmly write a letter complaining or I would try to rebel with all of the other class mates. The quote, that best supports my way of thinking is, “As for adopting the ways which the state has provided for remedying the evil, I know not of such ways.” Pg. 92 This states that you should not have to follow any rule that you do not believe is fair and just.

8:08 AM  
Blogger shadeh said...

If an administrator was to walk in and tell us we were no longer to go off campus, I think that everyone would be very upset. Our off campus privilege is one of the things that give students a break, and allows us to have some freedom. I would be very angry, and I know everyone else would be as well. I think of the school as a little community, with administration being a “government.” Henry Thoreau once said, “I believe-‘That government is best which governs not at all.’”(85) I think that if we were put in this situation, this quote would come to mind. I agree with this quote because I think freedom is one of the most important things to have in this country, and helps us live lives to the fullest. When freedom, is limited, students feel tired, and discouraged, therefore lessening student performance. Off campus privileges give us a break from school, and let us renew our energy to continue the rest of the day at school. As a way to respond to this action, I would gather all the students for a big protest, to convince the administration we are responsible enough to have off campus privileges.

8:08 AM  
Blogger CecilyJ said...

I think the best way to respond to this situation, would be to rally together in some form of protest. If we rallied the whole school in some form of march or sit-in the administration would have to change their minds. By haivng a protest we would be living life deliberately. Thoreau would have most likely taken a more drastic approach, however Thoreau was a very drastic man. Some students may not wish to participate in our protest but "The world is run by those who show up." In civil Disobedience Thoreau believed that a night in jail was worth learning what life was really like. he would say that no matter how much trouble we got in, it would be worth it because we would be standing up for what we believed in.As Thoreau says on page 85 the government does not keep teh country free, or settle the West. It is the people that make these things happen. We are people, and we can make things happen for us to.

8:08 AM  
Blogger shadeh said...

If an administrator was to walk in and tell us we were no longer to go off campus, I think that everyone would be very upset. Our off campus privilege is one of the things that give students a break, and allows us to have some freedom. I would be very angry, and I know everyone else would be as well. I think of the school as a little community, with administration being a “government.” Henry Thoreau once said, “I believe-‘That government is best which governs not at all.’”(85) I think that if we were put in this situation, this quote would come to mind. I agree with this quote because I think freedom is one of the most important things to have in this country, and helps us live lives to the fullest. When freedom, is limited, students feel tired, and discouraged, therefore lessening student performance. Off campus privileges give us a break from school, and let us renew our energy to continue the rest of the day at school. As a way to respond to this action, I would gather all the students for a big protest, to convince the administration we are responsible enough to have off campus privileges.

8:08 AM  
Blogger Jeff B. said...

If an administrator came into the room right now and told us that we were to have a closed campus, I would be very frustrated. I think that having an open campus puts trust in the Arapahoe kids, and if they had taken the open campus away, many kids would be mad. I think that most students would find a way to protest, whether it is a sit in, or join any students protesting outside the school. And if Booth doesn't decide to change his mind, I would probobally set up some sort of meeting with him to try and talk him into giving us open campus back. I would be willing to go as far as I possibly could because I would be very upset and very angry that Booth took away the open campus because open campuses give us freedom that most school's don't have. In "Civil Disobedience", Theoreau said "That government is best which governs least" (Theoreau 85). Theoreau makes a good point here, because I think that a government that governs as little as possible has the best government. This relates to Arapahoe closing the campus because they are governing more than they have and belittling our freedom.

8:08 AM  
Blogger mattheww said...

If an administrator walked into the class and gave us that message, I would be possibly a little angry. No, take that back, I'd be very angry. I would have a unique way of complaining though, I'd go and talk to my mom. Sounds kind of childish, but since she works here, administrators would hold her opinion in higher esteem than they would if a student complained. If they didn't change it, then there's not really much that I could really do about it, because I'm just one person and I don't hold much power by myself. Changing our rules that drastically would not be cool and would really screw with sports and that would be even worse. If they changed the schedule that means that I'd be at football until 7, and I would seriously hate that. As Thoreau stated, "All men recognise the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to tesist, the government, when its tyrrany or its ineffiency are great and unendurable" (88). We all have the right to rebel against the government if we don't agree with what the government was doing. Which is why I would think that most of the students would not listen to the new schedule.

8:08 AM  
Blogger mattheww said...

If an administrator walked into the class and gave us that message, I would be possibly a little angry. No, take that back, I'd be very angry. I would have a unique way of complaining though, I'd go and talk to my mom. Sounds kind of childish, but since she works here, administrators would hold her opinion in higher esteem than they would if a student complained. If they didn't change it, then there's not really much that I could really do about it, because I'm just one person and I don't hold much power by myself. Changing our rules that drastically would not be cool and would really screw with sports and that would be even worse. If they changed the schedule that means that I'd be at football until 7, and I would seriously hate that. As Thoreau stated, "All men recognise the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to tesist, the government, when its tyrrany or its ineffiency are great and unendurable" (88). We all have the right to rebel against the government if we don't agree with what the government was doing. Which is why I would think that most of the students would not listen to the new schedule.

8:09 AM  
Blogger PatrickW said...

If an administrator were to walk into the classroom and tell us that, I would be mad and try to change their mind. I dont think that we should be held inside the school like in middle school. If teachers expect us to act like adults then we should be able to leave campus. All men recognize the right to revolution; that is, the right to refuseallegiance to, and to resist, the government. (88)

8:09 AM  
Blogger keithw said...

If an administrator came into our classroom at this very second and said that I would be very angry and upset. I would want to know why they decided to make this change and how it helps our education. I think that everyone would no take this lightly and figure out some way to change the minds. I think that Thoreau would not only dislike what our school is at the moment but he would only dislike it even more after this change. "But, to speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but as at once a better government." (Pg.86)Thoreau was trying to say that the government should let the people solve there own problems and not interfere as much as they do.

8:09 AM  
Blogger JasonW1 said...

Once the administrator left the room I would be very upset then I think I would get a group of people who also felt the same about the new rules and then have Mr. Booth come talk to us. Like Thoreau said, "All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable”(pg.88). I think enough people would come together to hopefully change the new rules back.

8:09 AM  
Blogger JasonW1 said...

Once the administrator left the room I would be very upset then I think I would get a group of people who also felt the same about the new rules and then have Mr. Booth come talk to us. Like Thoreau said, "All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable”(pg.88). I think enough people would come together to hopefully change the new rules back.

8:09 AM  
Blogger AmandaF said...

If an administrator was to come into our classroom right now and tell us we don't have open campus anymore, I would be very angry! I would do anything in my power to change the administrations mind. Firstly, I would ask why it had changed and what our student body can do to change the situation back to normal. I would gather all the students together and form a protest.
Arapahoe's open campus makes our school different from other schools. It allows the students more freedom to talk to teachers, socialize and finish school work. Without our open campus, we would be in school all day without any freedom or time to take a breather.
"If any think that their influence would be lost there, and their voices no longer afflict the ear of the state, that they would not be as an enemy with its walls, they do not know by how much truth is stronger than error, nor how much more eloquently and effectively he can combat injustice who has experienced a little in his own person. Cast your whole vote, not a strip of paper merely, but your whole influence." (Pg. 94)
I would be willing to go far to help the Arapahoe student body get their off campus privileges back.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Scott A said...

If an administrator walked in and told me that Arapahoe now had a closed campus, I would not believe it a first. If the change was for our protection, I would demand to know what conflicts caused this. We are high school students, high school is supposed to prepare us for what iss after school we can look after ourselves during the school day. Open campus is what makes Arapahoe great, if we have to stop open campus to accommodate more students then they should not be allowed in. I also know that I sound really harsh when I say that. The quote that I took from Civil Disobedience is "Government is best which least." This ties directly into the school getting us ready for the future (85).

8:14 AM  
Blogger Jordan L said...

I would feel very cheated if the administration took away the freedom of having an open campus. Not only would I feel like my rights as an young individual were being taken away but I would also feel that people are dictating my life to an extreme. I respect the administration at Arapahoe and I feel like as students attending this school that we shall be respected as well. I would have to take action. This is something that I know would upset the majority of the students at this school and considering we all value the open campus I know that together we could make a stand. By writing letters or boycotting, anything to show we don't agree with the closed campus and extra hour will show the administration how passionate the students at Arapahoe High school are about their rights and freedoms. Here at Arapahoe they make the proposition that life is not just about going to school and about going through the motions but rather becoming your own individual and doing other activities such as sports and clubs. Part of having an open campus and that one less hour of school is so students can go out into the real world and discover things they don't teach us in school. They would not be protecting us by having a closed campus but rather putting a detriment on us discovering our own individual. There is not enough time in the day to accomplish everything if we had that extra hour of school and closed campus. Because I have a strong belief in this I would be willing to go very far to make a statement. In Civil Disobedience by Henry Thoreau he talks about the importance of discovering yourself and sort of being your own government. By living by your own rules and own interests you will find that you have truly lived. He talks about how the American Government has to much power on the American people and that in reality it is not doing good for the American society. He explains “That the government is best which governs not at all; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.” This is the same with the Arapahoe situation. If the administration allows us to “govern” ourselves and be more reliant in our own understandings, then in the end we all will benefit. By allowing us to be off campus they are allowing us to be less governed and less reliant on our selves.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Jordan L said...

I would feel very cheated if the administration took away the freedom of having an open campus. Not only would I feel like my rights as an young individual were being taken away but I would also feel that people are dictating my life to an extreme. I respect the administration at Arapahoe and I feel like as students attending this school that we shall be respected as well. I would have to take action. This is something that I know would upset the majority of the students at this school and considering we all value the open campus I know that together we could make a stand. By writing letters or boycotting, anything to show we don't agree with the closed campus and extra hour will show the administration how passionate the students at Arapahoe High school are about their rights and freedoms. Here at Arapahoe they make the proposition that life is not just about going to school and about going through the motions but rather becoming your own individual and doing other activities such as sports and clubs. Part of having an open campus and that one less hour of school is so students can go out into the real world and discover things they don't teach us in school. They would not be protecting us by having a closed campus but rather putting a detriment on us discovering our own individual. There is not enough time in the day to accomplish everything if we had that extra hour of school and closed campus. Because I have a strong belief in this I would be willing to go very far to make a statement. In Civil Disobedience by Henry Thoreau he talks about the importance of discovering yourself and sort of being your own government. By living by your own rules and own interests you will find that you have truly lived. He talks about how the American Government has to much power on the American people and that in reality it is not doing good for the American society. He explains “That the government is best which governs not at all; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.” This is the same with the Arapahoe situation. If the administration allows us to “govern” ourselves and be more reliant in our own understandings, then in the end we all will benefit. By allowing us to be off campus they are allowing us to be less governed and less reliant on our selves.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Philip M. said...

If an administer came into our classroom with this news, I would not take it lightly. At first I would most likely think it is a joke, and brush it off. Although if this was seriously happening I would probably find the administer, and demand an explanation. High school is just another step leading into the rest of our lives, and the ability to live on our own, with our own responsibilities. If our very right to freedom and choice is taken, the step into adult hood would be much bigger. Henry Thoreau once said. ” That government is best which governs not at all.”(85) Which means people need to take there own chances and learn from our own mistakes.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Philip M. said...

If an administer came into our classroom with this news, I would not take it lightly. At first I would most likely think it is a joke, and brush it off. Although if this was seriously happening I would probably find the administer, and demand an explanation. High school is just another step leading into the rest of our lives, and the ability to live on our own, with our own responsibilities. If our very right to freedom and choice is taken, the step into adult hood would be much bigger. Henry Thoreau once said. ” That government is best which governs not at all.”(85) Which means people need to take there own chances and learn from our own mistakes.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Scott A said...

If an administrator walked in and told me that Arapahoe now had a closed campus, I would not believe it a first. If the change was for our protection, I would demand to know what conflicts caused this. We are high school students, high school is supposed to prepare us for what iss after school we can look after ourselves during the school day. Open campus is what makes Arapahoe great, if we have to stop open campus to accommodate more students then they should not be allowed in. I also know that I sound really harsh when I say that. The quote that I took from Civil Disobedience is "Government is best which least." This ties directly into the school getting us ready for the future (85).

8:15 AM  
Blogger umbertok said...

My first reaction would probably a very fine choose of colorful words to unacceptable for school. Then I would defiantly write a letter to administration wondering the reasons for the extra safety. If I disagreed with the reasons of the administration, I would definitely start a protest of some sort, sit in, riot, picket sign or boycott school. I would do all this because the closing of the campus and adding extra time to the day is an unjust and over show of tyrannical power. In the words of Thoreau “Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the only place for a just man is also prisons” (94). Our school would be our prison and we the just imprisoned.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Jordan L said...

I would feel very cheated if the administration took away the freedom of having an open campus. Not only would I feel like my rights as an young individual were being taken away but I would also feel that people are dictating my life to an extreme. I respect the administration at Arapahoe and I feel like as students attending this school that we shall be respected as well. I would have to take action. This is something that I know would upset the majority of the students at this school and considering we all value the open campus I know that together we could make a stand. By writing letters or boycotting, anything to show we don't agree with the closed campus and extra hour will show the administration how passionate the students at Arapahoe High school are about their rights and freedoms. Here at Arapahoe they make the proposition that life is not just about going to school and about going through the motions but rather becoming your own individual and doing other activities such as sports and clubs. Part of having an open campus and that one less hour of school is so students can go out into the real world and discover things they don't teach us in school. They would not be protecting us by having a closed campus but rather putting a detriment on us discovering our own individual. There is not enough time in the day to accomplish everything if we had that extra hour of school and closed campus. Because I have a strong belief in this I would be willing to go very far to make a statement. In Civil Disobedience by Henry Thoreau he talks about the importance of discovering yourself and sort of being your own government. By living by your own rules and own interests you will find that you have truly lived. He talks about how the American Government has to much power on the American people and that in reality it is not doing good for the American society. He explains “That the government is best which governs not at all; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.” This is the same with the Arapahoe situation. If the administration allows us to “govern” ourselves and be more reliant in our own understandings, then in the end we all will benefit. By allowing us to be off campus they are allowing us to be less governed and less reliant on our selves.

8:16 AM  
Blogger EmilyL said...

I disagree with what the principal is doing to the students of Arapahoe. This is taking away a very important, unique characteristic of our school. This is not fair or right to do to the students. In the past there have not been any problems so why would the school punish the students for no reason? I would write a letter to Mr. Booth telling him what I believe and try to change his mind about this situation. This is punishment whether the principal says it is or isn't. Students are not going to cooperate and they are going to rebel which will result in more problems. This is wrong and I would be willing to go pretty far to stop this from happening. But in my protests I would do it in a mature and calm manner to prove to Mr. Booth that we are young adults and should be given freedoms. "There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly" (104).

8:17 AM  
Blogger EmilyL said...

I disagree with what the principal is doing to the students of Arapahoe. This is taking away a very important, unique characteristic of our school. This is not fair or right to do to the students. In the past there have not been any problems so why would the school punish the students for no reason? I would write a letter to Mr. Booth telling him what I believe and try to change his mind about this situation. This is punishment whether the principal says it is or isn't. Students are not going to cooperate and they are going to rebel which will result in more problems. This is wrong and I would be willing to go pretty far to stop this from happening. But in my protests I would do it in a mature and calm manner to prove to Mr. Booth that we are young adults and should be given freedoms. "There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly" (104).

8:17 AM  
Blogger EmilyL said...

I disagree with what the principal is doing to the students of Arapahoe. This is taking away a very important, unique characteristic of our school. This is not fair or right to do to the students. In the past there have not been any problems so why would the school punish the students for no reason? I would write a letter to Mr. Booth telling him what I believe and try to change his mind about this situation. This is punishment whether the principal says it is or isn't. Students are not going to cooperate and they are going to rebel which will result in more problems. This is wrong and I would be willing to go pretty far to stop this from happening. But in my protests I would do it in a mature and calm manner to prove to Mr. Booth that we are young adults and should be given freedoms. "There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly" (104).

8:17 AM  
Blogger danielle s said...

I would be very angry at this sudden change, especially since I have been used to an open campus for two years now. Rather than writing a letter I would ask to schedule some sort of meeting with Booth, with a change like this they deserve to give us a thorough response. If students wanted to create some sort of group against this new rule I would be supportive however I would not be the creator of this type of group. "A wise man will only be useful as a man, and will not submit to be "clay", and "stop a hole to keep the wind away", but leave that office to his dust at least." (87) This means that I don't want my privileges taken away in order to be "protected", possibly a time management class would be more helpful with this sort of problem.

10:59 AM  
Blogger danielle s said...

I would be very angry at this sudden change, especially since I have been used to an open campus for two years now. Rather than writing a letter I would ask to schedule some sort of meeting with Booth, with a change like this they deserve to give us a thorough response. If students wanted to create some sort of group against this new rule I would be supportive however I would not be the creator of this type of group. "A wise man will only be useful as a man, and will not submit to be "clay", and "stop a hole to keep the wind away", but leave that office to his dust at least." (87) This means that I don't want my privileges taken away in order to be "protected", possibly a time management class would be more helpful with this sort of problem.

11:00 AM  
Blogger amberh said...

I would first ask why this is happening? Is there really a valid reason to change everyone’s schedule? Has something happened recently that makes our protection become more secure? If these questions were answered with a valid answer to back them up, then I would be frustrated. However, I would not take anymore action to protest. If these questions were not answered with a response that could prove this change is necessary, then I would still be angry but would not go and lead a protest. Instead, I may follow something that someone else has started. As Thoreau states “How can a man be satisfied to entertain an opinion merely, and enjoy it?”(page 91). I would not be satisfied with just enjoying the limited freedom that I now occupy. However, I would not be satisfied with stating my opinion in a very forceful way.

12:02 PM  
Blogger emily k said...

I would speak up at that point to the administrator. By asking questions on the spot the administrators would be able to go back and think about the answers. Why is this being established now? What has happened to make this so? Sitting there and staring will do no good. No action will take place to change, or attempt, back to the way it was. If school went an hour longer then the sports practices would go longer creating less time to sleep, eat, and do homework. The students would be very worn out by the end of day and not to mention the week. I would also write a letter to the principal to demand a response. I might even walk out of school when the 2:13 bell rings. However, I would not do so if it jeopardized my future in an unfixable way. I believe that more people would follow at being outraged too. Like Thoreau says, "The government is best when it governs the least" (85).

4:44 PM  
Blogger kylek said...

If an administrator entered the classroom and told us that the campus was going to be closed I would be shocked and mad. I would probably write a question and comment about it and maybe even get involved in some sort of protest. Like Thoreau states "The authority of government, even such as I am willing to submit to,-for I will cheerfully obey those who know and can do better than I, and in many things even those who neither know no can do so well,-is still an impure one: to be strictly just, it must have the sanction and consent of the governed." (103)

2:32 PM  
Blogger Michael M. said...

If an administrator came into class telling us about closed campus and an extended school day, I would first try to understand why they were doing this and if it made sense. Personally, I would not take it too far. I would definitely complain and probably write a letter, and if other students were to start a rally, I would support it. Like Thoreau says, “He who gives himself entirely to his fellow-men appears to be useless and selfish; but he who gives himself partially to them is pronounced a benefactor and philanthropist.” I would try to change it back to the way it was but I wouldn’t take it too far.

7:34 AM  

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