“Traditional”: What does it mean for students exactly?


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Alexia Mendoza , Staff Columnist

Traditional: Based on a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc., for a long time.

Tradition could be used as a way to make people feel united as one. What happens when someone who’s simply being themselves happens to fall outside the lines? Being traditional isn’t always a good thing, and sometimes change is needed. 

In a traditional school, it isn’t exactly easy to express yourself through your appearance at all. We are required to wear the same four colors and the same style of clothes. We’re all basically copy and pasted.

Unfortunately, uniforms aren’t the end of our problems. If you were thinking about changing your hair color, think again, because bright and vibrant colors are not allowed. Isn’t it odd that you can be told what to do with the hair that’s growing out of your own scalp? If I wanted to dye my hair bright orange, then I should be able to because it’s my hair. 

Another negative of being traditional is that there is no variety; we do the same things as the people that attended here before us. I guess that’s just the meaning of tradition—it’s boring. We don’t get to study things that we are interested in because it’s not offered to us. 

We all get taught in the exact same way, which isn’t right if you ask me. Not everybody learns in the exact same way. We deserve to be taught in ways that interest us. We deserve to have a fun learning experience that makes us want to learn more. 

Some people might say that following tradition makes students feel like a family. That might be true, but we lack individuality. People that do stand out are looked down upon and made to feel like they’re doing something wrong. I understand the want to keep the tradition going, but sometimes change is needed in order for us to grow.