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  •  The difference in students between schools... (2+ / 0-)
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    sylvien, davefromqueens

    ...is easily correlated with how well-kept the schools are.

    Background: I spent a couple of months on a local Shakespeare for schools tour in NYC; before that I'd done two other regional Shakespeare tours that often played high schools.

    The differences are astounding. One day we'd be in a swanky private school with new wood flooring, school uniforms, teachers wearing ties, and well-behaved children who knew the play as well as we did; the next day we be in a poorly-lit hellhole that we had to enter through metal detectors, with a police officer checking our bags, a cafeteria producing only awful-smelling pizza (the kind we used to joke was made of rubber), teachers who had long since stopped trying to maintain discipline and students who were obviously intelligent but so used to being bored and ignored that they didn't put in any effort.

    It's easy to say that there are other causes, but the students aren't responsible for the state of the school. Why should we punish students in even failing schools by refusing to pay for things as basic as making sure the toilets work?

    Glad to hear you bringing this to light.

    O it is excellent to have a giant's strength: but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant. --Measure for Measure, II.2

    by RogueStage on Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 11:11:10 AM PST

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