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Does Student Council Really Have a Voice?

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The definition of student council is “a group of students elected by their peers to address issues of concern and organize student events and activities.” In other words, the main purpose of our school’s student council is to organize events and address the students complaints and issues with the school. In order to do this, student council needs to have a voice in the school’s decisions and their ideas need to be considered and respected. Yet, is this happening? Many complaints or problems that are happening in our school don’t seem to be in the process of being fixed.

Student Council has many jobs that they do but most of them seem to be manual labor instead of more important jobs that they signed up for. For example, each week they do posters, recycling, and announcements. These jobs seem like they could easily be done by other students. The other jobs the Student Council does are preparing and executing dances, assemblies, lunchtime activities, and spirit days. While student council often gets a say in what these activities are, they don’t get to go through with their visions of how it will go. It is often vetoed by the Student Council Teacher Advisers or Administrators. Student Council Adviser literally means that they assist the student council in their ideas and visions but some student council members claim that the adviser has almost all of the say in what happens and what doesn’t.

Student Council should be a group of leaders chosen by their peers to lead the school, yet only student vote only counts towards 10% of the application of the person. The rest of the decision is made by teacher evaluations, student application, and the student council adviser’s personal experiences and opinions with the student. If the student vote is only 10% of the application for student council how will we ever separate good students from good leaders.

In conclusion, the real question is… Does Student Council really have a voice?

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Does Student Council Really Have a Voice?