by BACC Rag staff

Sugar and Spice

As high school and Junior High students we are privileged to have access to lockers. The life of a junior high or High school student usually includes the lugging around of various items such as notebooks, binders, textbooks, and our advisory reading books. The massive gear we find ourselves carrying around can take its toll on a student. According to a September 10th 2007 article, “The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 7,300 injuries were treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2006 because of backpacks. Sprains and strains were the most common complaints.” This is where our lockers should come in. Lockers are supposed to relieve us of these kinds of problems. The definition of the word locker according to the Encarta ® World English Dictionary © is lockable compartment: a small lockable cupboard or compartment where personal belongings can be left, e.g. at a swimming pool, gym, school, or workplace. For further research, I looked for the word locker in my thesaurus and one of the words that that came up was storeroom. A storeroom is usually utilized to keep excess things out off our way. This what we use our lockers for, to keep extra items that are not in current use in a safe and convenient place. The word “convenient” is key here. Why? Well, a new rule has immerged from the inwards of the offices in our school. The council of our dear BSGE has decided that having students visit their lockers between classes just wasn’t working for them. The new rule issued forth is that students are now only allowed to frequent their lockers only first thing in the morning, and before and after advisory. I as a high school student, strongly disagree with this new rule. Here is some of my reasoning for why I disagree: Most students (including myself) have advisory after two classes, which means that we usually end up having to carry a binder around for a very uncomfortable amount of time. This may not apply to every student who attends this school but certain teachers enforce certain rules more strongly than others. This issue is powerfully connected to the other issue of uniformity of the enforcement of rules in this school by teachers. While speaking with a fellow student I discovered that they are allowed to visit their lockers between every class. The rules this school should not only benefit both the staff and the students but they should also be implemented in a united manner. This could possibly


By Mr. Lakhaney

TOK Teacher

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