A Student Vents His Frustration

AlbanyHigh4171c6bd-5b30-4cd8-9496-c2e5cb43441eThe following post comes from Aden Suchak,  a High School student in Albany. It is in response to an ongoing situation in his school. The following explanation is from his father, Bhawin Suchak, a teacher at the Albany Free School.

This commentary was directly in response to that incident at AHS, the teacher was his English teacher and Aden has been so frustrated with the complete lack of dialogue around the issue with students or other teachers for that matter…” for a simple misunderstanding or a slip-up teachers are often fired, all out of the glare of the mass media and especially not to the knowledge of the students. this execution style way of dealing with insubordination allows these schools to often never have to release more information about the firing or expulsion because like a totalitarian regime they can often make these things seem much worse and allow the media to play only off the bad and not off the good or the unheard.”

Aden’s response

Public Schools, AKA: Totalitarian Regimes

Today i would like to try to open some eyes to what exactly the public school system is. I will be comparing the public school system at least in New York to that of a totalitarian government.

In a totalitarian regime the govt has control over all aspects of life. In new york public schools the administration, principal, school board and superintendent have full control over all aspects of life in the school. Students and for the most part teachers have no say in what curriculum they must teach or be taught.

A totalitarian regime relies on the aspect of nationalism in its subjects for strength. this is achieved in public schools by heavily controlling the historical ideas students are taught. most of public school history is a watered down white European view of history as a whole, the history of Asia and south America are completely excluded and not offered as a class, while European and American histories are all but mandatory.

Students are also not allowed to have a say in what tests they take, the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001 insured that standardized testing would teach students exactly what the schools wanted them to know and nothing more or less. Also like a totalitarian govt the public school system deals with rebels swiftly and harshly, for a simple misunderstanding or a slip-up teachers are often fired, all out of the glare of the mass media and especially not to the knowledge of the students. this execution style way of dealing with insubordination allows these schools to often never have to release more information about the firing or expulsion because like a totalitarian regime they can often make these things seem much worse and allow the media to play only off the bad and not off the good or the unheard.

The comparison above only reflects the opinions of me myself and I and if you are reading this i implore you to develop your own opinions and not jump on my bandwagon, this piece’s only goal is to bring attention to something i believe is important, not to force you to agree with me, Thanks.

And apparently, this is not over. The students, I am told, are staging a protest. Stay tuned.

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