NO FREEDOM WITHOUT BOUNDARIES and LIMITATIONS
While driving down the street you come to an intersection and wait for the light to turn green. When the light turns green you pull out into the intersection only to be broadsided by a drunk driver who thought his freedom to drink and drive outweighed your freedom to obey the traffic light.
While going to court for the accident, the Judge (who is an alcoholic himself) decides in favor of the drunk driver and decides to fine YOU for not looking both ways before you pulled out into the intersection! They also make YOU take the drivers test again and suspended your license!
Sound absurd? This time you are walking in the mall with your family enjoying an outing. While going about your activities you see a man running at you screaming loudly and shooting anyone whom he wants. One of your family members is killed. The shooter runs out of store and kills 10 more people and injures many more with his automatic rifle. When you arrive home you find your doors and windows are broken and your home was robbed and graffiti was painted on the walls telling you to get out or else! On top of that, your insurance policy was stolen. Wow!
Still think you can have REAL FREEDOM WITHOUT BOUNDARIES OR LIMITATIONS?
Just as our examples demonstrate, without boundaries and limitations people can suffer directly or indirectly because another person decided to exercise their freedom in a negative way. As long as ONE person chooses NOT to obey the laws or rules of society, then NO ONE has real freedom. Whenever you violate the rights of ONE person NO ONE has real freedom. Now your saying those examples are extreme. Are they? Have you read the news lately?
Let’s look at it from a student and a teachers perspective. You are in school and another student decides he/she wants to be the class clown for the day. They pull out their cell phone, talk loud, swear at the teacher, fight with another classmate until they are hauled out by the police. They chose to use their freedom to behave badly. THEY STOLE YOUR EDUCATION FOR THAT DAY! What if this happens on a regular basis in your classes? How devalued would your education become if a student in each of your classes acted this way? Teaching time is being taken away from a highly paid and well trained educator who could help you with that subject matter. That particular days review may cost you a question on the final classroom exam or the state standards test. Now how do you feel?
The teacher gets paid whether the student stole your time or not. YOU need to stand up for YOUR EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS. Advocate for your rights by telling your fellow students the following:
“PLEASE SIT DOWN, LISTEN RESPECTFULLY OR KINDLY LEAVE THE CLASSROOM. YOU ARE STEALING MY EDUCATION BY YOUR POOR CONDUCT! YOU CAN ACT A FOOL ON YOUR OWN TIME – NOT ON MY TIME!”
Get the picture! You may hear a few boos and laughter and you may hear a few people support you. But the point is you took a stand for your education. You said it respectfully and you left your fellow students with a choice while still having a little dignity as well. Will they exercise their freedom properly or will they encroach upon the rights of others?
What if the other students stood up to support you? Its YOUR education that is being diminished, because you allowed someone in your classroom to act out and not follow the rules. You chose to exercise your freedom to listen and learn while they decided they had no time for education that day. But if you just SIT THERE and DO NOTHING, then you are choosing to let someone STEAL FROM YOU!
Do you feel cheated, do you feel your FREEDOM has been taken from you!
What are the long term consequences to the individual who consistently misuses their freedom to do things that are not in their best interests?
Do they have a bright future or a bleak future?
Now what happens when you continue to allow people to take away from your educational experience by acting out in your classes? Will your educational experience be as good as it could be or will it be diminished?
SIMPLY PUT, YOU CANNOT HAVE REAL FREEDOM WITHOUT BOUNDARIES & LIMITATIONS!
Steve Brown is the CEO of UniversityofBandz and writes his blogs on the value of education and character development and repair. He welcomes membership to his page and looks forward to getting out into the schools to speak with the student body. If you have problems with bullying, negative behaviors, drugs or violence we have answers for you as parents, students and educators. Join the UniversityofBandz and put education and character first!
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