Education and Violence

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As I look back through the past ten years since I graduated from Vallejo High School, I am nothing but stunned with questions on what the hell happened.  My high school years were not perfect or the best. I witnessed fights or arguments as I walked down the hallways.  Some of the classes were not as challenging as I expected. But it was fun.  I learned and made friends that is lasts a lifetime.  It was memorable.  Changes happened in my high school, which I thought was for the better of the new generation.  Now, I am not too sure.

A few of the schools in our city was closed down.  From my understanding, it was because of funding.  Hogan High School became Hogan Middle School.  Vallejo Middle School became part of Vallejo High School.  And so on.  Classrooms are now more crowded.  Questions and concerns about the quality of the curriculum are filling up my head since I am a mother of a four year old who is about to start Kindergarten next school year.

After watching and reading the news about a couple of our schools in Vallejo, my concerns grew deeper, now also including the safety of my child and my cousins (also attending school within the same district).  Two of our schools were featured in the news in a matter of just one month.  The first incident involved a high school student being shot in close vicinity to his school.  Shortly after, Vallejo High School was reported to have two separate lockdowns in one day.  One involves something about a weapon, the other when a fight occurred involving at least fifty student.

Given that what the media shows us is possibly twisted and we don’t really know as much as what is being shown on televisions or written on the papers/internet. ¬†Yet, it still concerns me. ¬†it bugs me. ¬†I have a child who is about to start school in a few months, and cousins who are still in school. ¬†How is this being handled? How has the quality of education changed and how will it affect my child, my cousins, the rest of the kids? ¬†Safety is always an issue, but how safe are our schools now?

Our kids are our future.  Schools are supposed to be the place besides home where our kids can learn and grow safely.  How can we be assured now?

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I Am Not Your Prisoner

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I am my own self.  I define who I am.  I am not who you want and expect me to be. Nor am I or shoukd you define me.  I have my own personality and it is not based on what you say.  I accepted you for who you are as long as you respect who I am.  Now, I question your respect and acceptance of me. 

I am not a prisoner or property of anybody else but me.  You are not my guard or owner.  I am me. 

Don’t make me act he way you want me to act.  Don’t make me do what you want me to do.  Don’t label me.  Don’t insult me. 

Apparently, you don’t know me, respect me, nor love me.  Otherwise, you would have not locked me up behind invisible walls and bars like what you are currently and have been doing.