Selective Acceptance

Sammie Catalano, Contributor

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At Nashoba, there is a distinct lack of diversity. Everything from the way we look to the way we dress, the culture at Nashoba is uniform. As a predominately white community, the school enriches the minds of students by teaching the importance of diversity and the acceptance of cultures. Nashoba has clubs devoted to the sole purpose of acceptance. However, in terms of politics, this theme of kindness is not always carried through in many cases.

Politically, Nashoba lacks diversity. Unlike other things, I feel there is not an open acceptance to others ideas. Being located in a small district in Central Massachusetts, Nashoba is generally very left leaning on the political spectrum. With fewer conservative students, many political minorities remain quiet and feel as though their ideas are not welcome. Many conservative students keep their views silent or simply agree in the face of a political discussion. In an openly liberal environment, is it fair that the counterpart feels as if they cannot express their views as well?

Nashoba promotes itself to be all about acceptance of others and being kind; although I feel that this principle is not carried out if you disagree with the school’s vast majority politically. As a learning environment, others views should not be disrespected if they present their opinions respectfully. I think diversity makes us sharper, more understanding, and makes us grow as humans and learners. If the political minority’s ideas are tucked away, how can we expect our peers to grow?

Our funding comes from taxpayers dollars that are then given to the government and distributed to the schools. What stands behind our right to education is what our country is essentially founded upon. Our first amendment declares our right to expression, in school, there is a time and a place for political expression. Not all settings call for politics. Although when discussing politics openly it is only fair for both sides to be able to express their opinion, especially, in a learning environment. If people were more open, not just at Nashoba, but in our country as a whole, maybe problems could be solved.

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