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A Shout Out to the Smart Kids
February 28, 2014 - Joselyn King
I've come to the conclusion in recent months that I really respect teenagers -- especially the well-spoken, intelligent and overachieving type. I like them.
That's why I was taken aback this week when some adults -- those attending a public hearing regarding the Ohio County Schools calendar for next year -- weren't necessarily cordial to a group of student council leaders that addressed the gathering. The students spoke out in favor of starting the school year in August, as many of them apply to colleges and for scholarships and need their mid-term grades earlier to meet deadlines. The students also take advanced placement classes, for which they receive college credit while in high school if they pass the tests on the scheduled dates.
Their message was it's better for them if the school year starts earlier. They did a very good job promoting their points, regardless of one's opinions on the issue.
But some parents present countered their children weren't likely to take advanced placement classes, and weren't interested in going to school all that much. The "regular children" need their summers, these parents said.
One parent even suggested the student leaders were "propaganda plants" by school officials still wanting to have school start before Labor Day.
Maybe it is time school officials cater to the needs of the "smart kids." In this "no child left behind" time we live in, it seems those at the head of the class must stay there while the others catch up to them. There's no reward or motivation for initiative.
And will those children be playing outdoors in late August? They might just want to be nicer to those advance placement students, as someday they will probably be working for them.
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