Friday, June 29, 2012

Student Gets Library Ban For Wanting To Study???

I recently read an article which is just mind-boggling. This story takes place in Ifield, England but I can see this happening here. In this story there is a student who clearly wants to study and is to the point of being neurotic about it. That aside, he wants to study. His desires should be accommodated, but they aren't. Why you say? It is because the college which he is attending just won't make it happen - very sad.

Back in the Middle-Ages when actual education was very rare colleges were unique places to be. Students there, their eyes being actually opened to the world - demanded education. The students demanded that teachers do their job and teach them. If the teacher failed in that task by not showing up or just not doing the job well that teacher stood a good chance of taking a physical beating. Yes, students would actually violently lynch professors for not doing their job. What a radically different world we live in today.

So, back to England, this student got into a confrontation because he wanted to set up an after school session with his professor. The professor did it once earlier in the year, but in the second-half the professor balked (no reason given in the article as to why). Well, the student (I think rightfully) got upset. I'm sorry - teaching is not just a job it is a profession with a duty. The subject was Psyche so I can imagine this arrogant teacher who feels his precious free-time is being assaulted. Yes, I know, so sad for the prof making six  figures, easily.

So, there was a blow up with the Head Teacher (i.e. Principal). In response, the school bans the student from the library. This kid WANTS TO STUDY. Fine, the stupid teacher doesn't want to help, but don't totally shut the student off a week before exams. The student is already amped-up and nervous. I don't care if this kid is the most annoying student in the school - he deserves to receive his due which his family has paid for. Well, the student shows up at the library anyways to study because his family doesn't have a computer. So what does the school do? They call the police and he is escorted from the library. I honestly hope that his family sues.

I'm sure the student did fine he was a top-line A student there. Still, the situation was handled very poorly by the school. The value of education has become so commonplace it is wasted and malapportioned. Yes, this is a singular incident, but it just never should have happened. I laud Mr. Jamie Gagliardi for standing his ground. Seven or eight centuries ago he would have been among allies, but now sadly his act of defiance just merits a blurb in a tabloid. Sad.

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