The following is an objection letter signed by 103 students.
Letter of Objection Dec2019
Dear School Managers,
We deliver our objection to the rules and regulations that have just been announced regarding the dormitory rules in the new campus to you. We hope that you should consider our opinions carefully and give us a detailed and satisfactory response.
First, one should realise that in the academic environment in this school which we are all accustomed to, us students are facing if not constant, frequent pressures from examinations, projects, extra-curricular tasks, and university applications. As it has been in this school for the many years passed, they are all heavily dependent on the usage of electronic devices that can obtain access to the internet. For example, the necessity of checking the CMS and the student email for latest information updates, examination results publishes, timetables and seating arrangements for a variety of different things, et cetera, is apparent. The inconvenience can be severe for students once they have to hand in their electronic devices after they arrive at their dormitory for resting as they will face an information blackout.
Furthermore, this school, as from the word “international” in its name, has been widely accepted as an open, active and relatively free environment, and it is also demonstrated in the school culture. For instance: students are not forced to wear uniforms every day, they can bring their mobile phones, iPads, and computers as a helping tool to studying and learning, they are allowed to order takeaways as an alternative to the school cafeteria, et cetera. These freedoms are what students in SCIE are proud of when introducing our school to students in other normal Chinese traditional high-schools. But taking the electronic devices from students contradicts to that idea. As this is a senior high school, students are expected to have enough social experience such that they can make decisions themselves regarding how they want their future to be. Unarguably, there exist students who have set high targets for themselves, that they are showing their hard work, as an attempt to “strive to be the best”, one quotes from one of the most well-known mottos of the school. The evening study cannot be safely assumed to be sufficient for all the students, and some may wish to use the time in their dormitories to study. This should be considered as a freedom of choice for students, and the act of taking the devices away, as said before, is a direct opposition towards it.
The demand that all these things should be taken into action “for our mental healthiness and wellbeing” is even self-contradictory. SCIE has run since it started until now without all these newly-set dormitory rules for the new campus, and there is none mental “un-healthiness” or “un-wellbeing” in the students of the school. In only several years after it has been established, SCIE has made itself one of the best international high-schools in the whole country and has maintained its success until now. We should believe that when we enrol students into this school, they should be self-aware of how they should behave after entering such a free atmosphere and environment, and we should encourage students to fight against the bad temptations, and to have a healthy lifestyle. Yes, different people may have different self-disciplinary capabilities as variety exists within such large numbers of students. But we should aim for a more active approach to solve this problem – that is, to encourage, and to cultivate the students’ self-controlling abilities, rather than taking the passive approach – to consider all students as a uniform group, and to constrain them all identically using the same set of rather unnecessary regulations.
Last but not least, the claim that A2 students should all be mandatory boarding students is “giving them privileges” is utterly absurd. SCIE’s high-school course is four years, which is one year longer than traditional high-school courses. Which means students at the same age as the A2 students are already in universities. Moreover, most people will be legally adults when they reach the A2 grade. Therefore, we should not treat them as primary school students, to “lock” them inside schools, and even setting a bedtime for them. Besides, all A2 students are facing tremendous pressure from their university applications and their A-Level examinations. These things are more critical for their future lives than sleeping a little bit earlier. Even now, in this school, given the “golden fingers” (the right to leave the campus at any time), a number of A2 students choose to be day students, so that they can live in their own homes, or rent a house close to the school. How would they feel when they are asked to live in dormitories compulsorily?
Dormitories are set in schools in an attempt to provide a more convenient, free and enjoyable campus life for students. However, when convenience becomes an inconvenience, and when freedom becomes constraints, would the presence of enjoyment still be assured?
We believe SCIE is a great place, and we are always trying to make it even better.