by: Tanu Srivastava

The Bad for the Good?

I stared down at the yellow slip in my hand: my very first detention. It was the ruination of my perfect record. Never before had I gotten a detention. And what was this detention for? For being two seconds late after the bell rang. About two minutes later, a boy walks into my class and takes a seat. Everyday this boy walks into class about three minutes late. Yet, I have yet to see him hold a detention slip in his hand.

Slightly frustrated, I go up to ask my teacher why I have received a detention when I have never been late before, and why he never does. She looks up at me and says, "Well, I expect better from you."

Although highly gratified, I feel slightly puzzled. I start to ponder why it is that the better you are, the more punishments society throws at you, at least in high school.

Mission San Jose High School is one of the top schools in Fremont, CA. However, it too has its share of pranksters and class-clowns. These kids are also good friends with the administration. Whenever they are called into the office for disrupting class, they get a gentle scolding. And, it is highly rare that they be called into the office in the first place. After all, the teachers are used to their temperaments.

Yet, if an honors student disrupts an honors class, they will be marched to the office, and sent home with a referral in less than fifteen minutes. No one at the office will chuckle at his or her pranks, nor will they be given anytime to explain their behavior. Meanwhile, the class clowns will be exchanging pleasantries with the vice-principal.

It seems as if the better a student one is, the less people care about your personal needs. Teachers who could care less about studentsí names teach most of the honors classes, let alone their personal needs. Never do teachers care to stimulate the mind, and never do students care to learn as long as they get a good grade. There is no teacher-student relationship, unless the student makes an effort to make sure the teacher knows their name. Of course, the only reason the student will make such an effort is because it helps for teachersí recommendations for college applications.

The more troublesome or disturbed a student is, the more care they are given. The teachers are incredibly nice, and try various activities to get studentsí involved. They spend a lot of time trying to think of things that will interest their students, or will make them think. In fact, not only do teachers know their studentsí names, they also know their studentsí likes/dislikes, motives, goals, etc. These classes are not merely based on tests.

Honors students, although the future CEOs and doctors are rarely treated as human beings with their own problems. They are looked upon as machines that must be able to handle everything, and must be able to handle it alone. Schools forget that these honors kids, are indeed, just kids. Just because they are self-motivated does not mean they donít need a caring environment.

Honors students would also appreciate teachers who cared, or an opportunity to explain what goes on in their heart, rather than just their brains. Honors students need to stop being treated as statistics schools use to promote their own rankings. They need to be cared for too.