Of the many things that have come out of Lexington-Richland School District 5 board member Kim Murphy’s attempt to keep Chapin High from paving over a stream on its property, among the most unpleasant is a confirmation of the high number of spoiled kids who attend the school.
Many would seem to be poster children for the “Me-Me-Me Generation,” missing no opportunity to excoriate Murphy for daring to hold up the addition of all kinds of new gizmos and gadgets for their school, in addition to modifying the existing structure.
And, yet, reading comments made by students in the media and on websites, one can’t help but come to the conclusion that perhaps the students have a point: Chapin High can’t possibly have the facilities necessary for competent instruction in areas such as composition and rhetoric.
As a student at Chapin High School, I feel I have been done wrong. Please tell me what is right about attending a school where we can’t have a pep rally in our own gym because it is breaking fire hazard, or having to worry about being late to class by going through the school building because of the other hundred’s of students doing the same thing. Nor should teachers in portables have to teach in a closet when there is inclement weather in the area. Plus, the school should be able to have more than 1 computer lab, but instead it has to be taken up as classroom space because we at least 300 over capacity! Not to mention that many areas of the school NEED to be renovated. I have kept up with this legal battle, and I will say I don’t know about what has happened in the district in the past. But I will say that I should be able to attend a school that is safe. For the supporters of Mrs. Murphy, please remember that is about the students and their learning environment, not a legal battle.
Where does one begin? How about with the first sentence:
“As a student at Chapin High School, I feel I have been done wrong.”
Well, “bandgirl,” as a District 5 resident, seeing what apparently passes for intelligent discourse at Chapin High gives me the feeling that I, too, “have been done wrong.”
You ask, “… tell me what is right about attending a school where we can’t have a pep rally in our gym because it is breaking fire hazard, …”
Beyond the fact that the above clause is barely intelligible as written, one could argue that pep rallies, whether held inside or out, hardly constitute a core function of education.
The second part of the sentence reads “… or having to worry about being late to class by going through the school building because of the other hundred’s (sic) of students doing the same thing.”
How would you remedy that, bandgirl? Create additional high schools with no more than 100 students each, to enable you to quickly and with minimum inconvenience be able to pass through the halls from class to class?
Chapin High is the smallest of District 5’s three high schools. Were you at Irmo High or Dutch Fork High you would probably end up in a corner weeping after the first week, given the large enrollment at both those institutions.
You continue by stating “… the school should be able to have more than 1 computer lab, but instead it has to be taken up as classroom space because we at least 300 over capacity!”
I don’t know how big Chapin High’s computer lab is so I can’t say whether it is adequate for the size of the student body, but it would definitely appear more space is needed for English classes, based solely on the quality of your letter.
I was a mediocre student at best in high school many moons ago, but if I’d turned in a paper with a sentence that read, “…instead it has to be taken up as classroom space because we at least 300 over capacity,” I would have been identified as someone who most definitely needed additional help in English and possibly wasn’t ready to advance to the next grade.
Next up we have: “Not to mention that many areas of the school NEED to be renovated.”
Beyond being a sentence fragment, competent writers rarely feel the need the throw in a word in all capital letters. The same goes for exclamation points. A wise individual once detailed a good rule regarding exclamation points: “You are allowed to use three exclamation points over the course of your lifetime.” Bandgirl, you have two exclamation points left; use them wisely.
Perhaps my favorite part of bandgirl’s prattle is this: “I have kept up with this legal battle, and I will say I don’t know about what has happened in the district in the past.”
This appears both contradictory and grammatically awkward. Either way, it doesn’t seem to make sense.
Bandgirl ends with the usual won’t-someone-think-of-the-children tactic: “But I will say that I should be able to attend a school that is safe. For the supporters of Mrs. Murphy, please remember that is about the students and their learning environment, not a legal battle.”
Having perused media reports closely over the past few years, I was unaware of any safety issues at Chapin High.
Has there been a great crime wave that somehow went undetected by the press? That hardly seems possible given the fact that hardly a cross word can be uttered in Chapin without students and parents running toward television cameras like moths to a 150-watt incandescent light bulb.
There’s been enough hyperbole in this affair on the part of parents and students as it is, bandgirl. Unless you’ve got some hard facts regarding safety, or lack thereof, don’t play the woe-is-me card.
Finally, this isn’t just “about the students and their learning environment.” It’s about making sure the school and district make the best use of finite resources, both financial and natural.
Your “argument” smacks of the tired canard that says we should do everything we can to reduce traffic deaths. Well, we could reduce the speed limit to 5 miles per hour. That would all but ensure traffic deaths would drop to zero. However, it would also guarantee commerce would grind to a halt, few people would get to school, work, etc., on time, and general chaos would ensue.
At some point, costs outweigh benefits, even in education.
Lest one think I’ve cherry picked one half-literate Chapin High student to tar the school’s entire student body, here’s a little nugget that can be found on the website “Students for Building,” which seeks to stop Murphy’s appeal and get renovations at Chapin High underway:
Murphy Strikes Again
Just as we thought that we might FINALLY have our school’s construction begin, Kim Murphy appeals again. Judge Matthews ruled in favor of District 5 and DHEC. The Judge’s order will be put up under project documents soon for all to read.
However, thirty days after the trial she once again appealed the Judge’s decision. Construction has been put on hold once again. Kim Murphy puts students last one her agenda once again.
I’m not going to bother parsing the above abomination because I wouldn’t know where to begin. I will say that the language arts teachers at Chapin High certainly do seem to have their work cut out for them.
What neither bandgirl nor many other Chapin students seem to comprehend is that a harmonious society is one which is able to successfully negotiate tradeoffs regarding what its citizens value most.
Murphy, and many others in the district, for that matter, value the stream and what it means to the area. Others value expanding the school to overcome what they perceive as inadequacies in the available facilities. The ongoing legal action is a means to redress this conflict.
Sorry, bandgirl, if you feel you’ve “been done wrong,” but semi-intelligible whining neither reflects well on your school nor helps you make your case.