Friday, March 26, 2010
I’m sure you’ve all thought, at one point or another, “I think Logan should…” or “I wish Logan had a…” or something similar.
The school has set up a couple of suggestion boxes around the school to let the teachers, administrators, counselors, technicians, and other district employees for the school know what could, or even should, be considered, improved, added, or even subtracted.
However, it seems that a couple of factors lead to an incredible lack of attention to these boxes. The number of entries submitted to the boxes around the campus is so low that for a reasonably long period of time, they were disregarded. In addition, suggestions were much too broad, much too specific, or impossible due to space or money limitations. Some suggestions weren’t really even suggestions at all; they were simply complaints about various aspects of school life, including teachers and the campus itself, to name a few.
Some suggestions, though, were quite feasible and well thought-out. But these types of suggestions were sparse, even when all the contents of each box were amalgamated.
While looking through the submissions, Ashraf Dahud (the Commissioner of School Improvement) and I (Commissioner of Public Relations) stumbled upon unusually dated entries, going as far back as the early 1980s (1982, to be exact). Submissions from each decade, starting with the 80s and continuing until today, were present. Obviously, the problem here is that some submissions have a slim likelihood of being considered, or even read.
One suggestion simply read, “More bathrooms.” Another talked about monitoring wardrobe. Some talked about seating in various areas of the school, while others talked about more stair wells.
However, some people apparently took advantage of the box by submitting ridiculous suggestions that basically insulted most aspects of school life.
Some potential solutions might include more suggestion boxes with a more active method of publicity or potentially a more efficient approach to gathering the ideas and recommendations of the student body.
It’s seems highly improbable that every single person that is part of the James Logan High School community is perfectly content with the school and its campus, classes, etc, and such a predicament calls for improvement, which is never more than an idea away. Sometimes, though, the administrators, faculty and staff, aides, and even student government can’t think of everything that can or needs to be done, so it becomes the student’s responsibility to rise up and let the community know how we can improve anything that doesn’t meet the standards of the students. People have ideas, and the ones that are never heard are forgotten.