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Students express desire to change dress code, school system


Last updated 7/25/2018 at 9:44am

What do students think about the educational system?

The system, most often run by older people who haven't been students themselves in decades, doesn't receive a lot of input from the student body, at least not in the Grand Coulee Dam School District.

But students Ashlyn Olsen and Raven Clark made a presentation to the school board on Monday night.

Olsen and Clark expressed their desire for change within the school dress code, making points such as the difficulty of shopping for items that fit the dress code, and describing the social pressures to be in style.

One such stipulation of the dress code within the district is for straps on a shirt to be at least two inches wide, something that simply isn't common in the designs of shirts for girls, they said.

The students also played the audio from a popular YouTube video by Prince Ea titled "I JUST SUED THE SCHOOL SYSTEM !!!"

The video depicts a courtroom scenario in which the educational system, represented by an old miser archetype, is on trial for being out of date, out of touch with the times, and forcing students to prepare for the past, not the future.

"Turning millions of people into robots..." the prosecutor character in the video says about the educational system. "Do you realize how many kids relate... never finding their gifts, thinking they are stupid, believing they are useless?"

"I accuse [school] of killing creativity, individuality and being intellectually abusive. [School is] an ancient institution that has outlived his usage," the video continues.

The video clearly expressed a sentiment the students related to: that the educational system is in need of an update.

The school board listened to the audio of the video, and had positive feedback for the students, thanking them for their participation in the school board meeting and encouraging student body representatives to attend more meetings to express the feelings of the student body.

The video, which has over 11 million views on YouTube, will be posted in the online version of this article at


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