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Petition to The School Board of America

Improve the lives of students

The education system in America is failing. We prize grades over learning. Information recall over creativity. Competition over cooperation. This is not how children were meant to learn. When we teach students in this way, they stress their brains studying for tests when they'll forget the information the next day. They are losing sleep over projects and assignments that are simply for grades and will never help in their lives. Mental health is failing in students everywhere, and we aren't doing anything about it.  Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, anger issues, and so many more mental issues are becoming more and more prevalent in students. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in peoples aged 10 - 24. This really isn't good. We can help prevent this by decreasing stress levels for students and helping them feel comfortable in school. By learning and progressing, and being told they are doing good in school, students moods improve, and in turn their mental health. Sleep deprivation is another big problem. Without getting enough sleep the ability to learn and make new memories decreases significantly. Brain functions start to decline. High blood pressure, obesity, and even things like dementia and cancer become more prevalent in people who don't get enough sleep regularly. When students are studying for school they tend to stay up later, and then have to wake up early to go learn. Students are getting less than 6 hours of sleep on average in a time when they need it the most. Sometimes they will stay up for days at a time, studying too late to sleep and thinking it be best to stay up for the next few hours until their alarms go off. Students - Have you ever come home from school and worked until you had to go to bed so you didn't fail a class? Have you ever had a panic attack over a failing grade? This isn't healthy.  Parents - Has your child ever come home from school upset over the amount of work they have to do? You might think they are being overdramatic and whiney, but that's not the case. Have they ever missed a meal or a family event trying to finish a project?  Teachers and schools teach all their students the same. There is no room for growth, and if the student doesn't learn well in the way they are taught they are considered 'slow' and 'stupid'. That isn't a way to teach. Children are made to believe that they aren't good enough if they don't get straight A's. They are failures if they fail a test. This hurts self esteem and makes them grow up to be less successful, believeing they are inferior to the 'smart kids'. Meanwhile, those students who are labeled as smart are often being pushed too hard to succeed and when they do something wrong it hurts them more than anyone. In other countries such as Finland, school days start later, there isn't standardized testing, and the schools teach more about cooperation in learning, rather than competition. This is the way we should be learning. And because of this, Finland has the leading educational system in the world. Sleeping longer improves mental and psysical health. Standardized tests stress students unnessecarily and promote educational bulimia rather than actual education.  Students need to learn that learning is a process that everyone does differently and that it is not good to compare themselves to others. But that's not how our school systems do things. By dealing with this, students quality of life will improve. They will, on average, be happier, more optimistic, nicer to each other and to themselves.We need a change.

Mr Frog
56 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Calhoun County Board of Education

Change Ohatchee High School’s Mascot

The appropriation of the Native culture by people who are not native and do not exist in a tribe has overwhelmingly shown to offend Native American people for a multitude of reasons. "The headdress is reserved for our revered elders who, through their selflessness and leadership, have earned the right to wear one. It’s a spiritual garb, not just cultural; it's not merely an addition to one's attire. Wearing one, even an imitation headdress, belittles what our elders have spent a lifetime to earn." -- Simon Moya-Smith, citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation and journalist "Both feathers and face paint have purpose and often spiritual significance depending on tribal protocol and individual interpretation. In Native cultures, both feathers and face paint are earned through actions and deeds that bring honor to both tribes and nations. Individuals [outside the community] who wear feathers or face paint were not given the rights or permissions to wear them. This is analogous to casually wearing a purple heart or medal of honor that was not earned." -- Dennis Zotigh, Cultural Specialist, National Museum of the American Indian "[Wearing a headdress] could be similar to if the [shtreimel] became hip. Or the headdress that the pope wears -- if [kids] started wearing that, if that became a trend. I am sure any Catholic people might be disrespected. So for our people, it is the same way." -- Cliff Matias, Director of Redhawk Native American Arts CouncilNot only is the mascot problematic, but for decades the mascot has been more often than not, a Caucasian male or female of the student body and always somebody who is not in a tribe. They wear a full Native American headdress which is a sacred symbol of strength and bravery and have been primarily reserved for the tribes political and spiritual leaders.   The name 'Big red' originates from the pejorative terms 'R**s***' and 'Red Indian.' These terms have a well established history of being used contemptuously with negative connotation. Dictionary definitions are virtually unanimous that it is no longer acceptable to use and an “entirely benign” term. The Oxford American dictionary says, “r**s*** lost its neutral, accurate descriptive sense and became a term of disparagement.” It now calls it “dated” and “offensive.” Merriam Webster identified the term as “often contemptuous” as early as its 1898 Collegiate version. The etymology of the pejorative term is much more troubling. Newspapers dating back to 1863 show the use of the word as a slur to refer to those who are called to be killed for bounty. The fact remains that to many Native Americans, the term "r**s***" has long meant the act of our ancestor's scalps being collected for bounty. Kevin Gover, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and director of the Institution's National Museum of the American Indian shared these words while discussing the use of the slur: "I'm really not that interested in where the word comes from. I know how it was used. And it's been used in a disparaging way for at least a couple of centuries. Up to and including the time I was growing up in Oklahoma." The usage of these terms and those that have derived from them as well as the appropriations of Native American culture have been proven to be harmful to Native American people who are subject to witnessing their communities appropriate, disrespect, and dehumanize their culture. The appropriation and characterization of their tribes has pushed stereotypical ideas and attitudes about Native people and have harmful effects on the self-esteem and self-identities of Native American youths. The American Psychological Association passed a resolution calling for the “immediate retirement” of Native American names and mascots in 2005. The American Sociological Association followed in 2007, saying that “social science scholarship has demonstrated that the continued use of Native American nicknames, logos and mascots in sport harm Native American people in psychological, educational, and social ways.”   The superintendent of Calhoun County Schools is Donald Turner, is his email. The principal of the high school is Bobby Tittle, is his email. The assistant principal is Michael Graham, is his email.   Cultural appropriation: on "r**s***": 1863 newspaper placing bounty on scalps of native Americans: documentation of psychological problems caused by stereotypes -Dr. Mike Friedman: APA Resolution Recommending the Immediate Retirement ofAmerican Indian Mascots, Symbols, Images, and Personalities bySchools, Colleges, Universities, Athletic Teams, and Organizations:

Bethany Brackett
8,597 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Board of Trustees

Support MUSD's Authorization of Caspar Creek!

Caspar Creek may have just celebrated its last Closing Day. There's something you can do! It takes seconds, and it's free. Caspar Creek Learning Community, a successful 40-student K-5 charter school program on the Mendocino Coast, has been a treasured local alternative for 20 years, serving families from Elk to Westport to Philo who need or want an alternative to the other fine schools available locally. Caspar Creek's small class sizes, it's multi-age groupings, a unique child-development-centered approach, and an outdoor focus enhanced by a resource center surrounded by state park and state forest, have nurtured and empowered an entire generation of children over its two-decade history. To continue beyond June 2020, Caspar Creek must now be authorized by Mendocino Unified School District, by means of a board vote. Caspar Creek’s current students, parents, and staff; its nonprofit board members; and its many alumni, founders, former staff and other community stakeholders, are delighted at this opportunity to finally join forces with our local school district. We’re confident that the Mendocino Unified School District Board of Trustees recognizes the strength of Caspar Creek’s program as evidenced by its 20-year success story, and will acknowledge its value as an important part of the array of great public school choices available on the Mendocino Coast by embracing Caspar Creek as a charter school authorized by its home district. Should the MUSD board decline to authorize Caspar Creek, the program would be forced to close now. For Caspar Creek’s current family of students and involved parents; its dedicated and resourceful teachers; its corps of energetic part-time staff; its volunteer board of directors and diligent fundraisers; its army of volunteers; its many supporters in the community at large; and its two decades-worth of grateful alumni, the loss of this venerated program would be huge. What's at stake? A treasured educational alternative that has enriched, and continues to enrich, the greater Mendocino Coast community in ways both measurable and immeasurable. Decades of work refining a distinctive model and approach; Jobs: two credentialed teachers, a site coordinator and several aides, both full-time and part-time; Years-long teacher-student relationships that allow a level of mutual understanding usually not possible in a public school context; Lasting friendships between children, who build a community over their years together. The board must take into account the level of community support for Caspar Creek's continuation. Your signature will communicate your support for the MUSD board's decision to authorize Caspar Creek to continue as a public charter school. Stating your reason for signing (and especially, Caspar Creek's importance in your life, or your family's lives) will add weight to your signature. Note: After signing, may invite you to donate. This is not a donation to Caspar Creek. Donations to support their nonprofit arm's mission to expand citizen-led campaigning, and are not shared with petitioner organizations.

Caspar Creek Learning Community
1,151 supporters