A Wade High School Year 11 student has brought a teenager’s perspective to the Griffith school merger debate, amid a raft of angry comments following the long-awaited announcement on Tuesday.
Social media has been a buzz with name-calling, outrageous statements and baseless grandiose statements since The Area News broke the news of Griffith High and Wade High’s confirmed amalgamation.
Cue Rebekah Harris – a minority in the social media debate with a clear, precise and detailed argument for why she agrees with the state government’s decision to merge Griffith’s two public secondary schools.
“As a current student at wade high school, completing my HSC, I can completely understand where these concerns are coming from,” Rebekah wrote.
“But I must also say, if Wade High School continues with the current standards in regards to resources, educational result will continue to worsen.
“In many of my classes, student are having to share textbooks.
“This has a great impact on the learning experience and comes at the detriment of the education of us student. Not being able to bring these resources home and have immediate and fair access to them is not acceptable.
“This example alone is just one of many things that are directly impacting the results of wade high school students. If combining the school boards means that each school is going to be given more money to buy crucial resources such as standard HSC textbooks that are pivotal to the learning of all students, then as a student competing with these hardships I can with all my heart say this decision can only improve the currently poor standards of my high school.
“Yes, My high school community is amazing, but the practices and standards in regards to resources are only getting worse. Personally, as a current wade high student, I am optimistic that the promise of better access to educational resources is exactly what Wade High needs to improve future educational outcomes.”
Her comment was met by the ruptious online applause of mouse clicks liking and loving her well-thought out argument and voice of reason.
It came in reaction to another post, where the user suggested, “… it's not broken so why fix it? Griffith is lucky to have two amazing public high schools so why ruin it?”
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