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By Graham Sauser, LFHS alum
In reference to the past two days of classes at Lake Forest High School,
Regardless of your views or opinions on the teacher strike one must applaud the efforts made by the administration to provide LFHS students with a safe and positive environment for the past two days. Many students and parents have complained about the curriculum lacking a strong educational value, but look at the alternatives. We are blessed to live in a community that believes so strongly in the success of our students that many of us have stepped forward to help the administrators in providing some form of structure for the school day. Other districts, CPS for example, lack these resources and the results have been devastating to students, families, and the community. While the situation may not be ideal, they have tried to make the best of it.
When you consider that the teams of people who are trying to provide for your students are made up of substitutes and volunteers from our community, I think they have done an excellent job. For those who are not satisfied how would you try to educate a student body of 1,700+? Nonetheless achieve this goal with a small team of volunteers and no pre-existing curriculum. The alternative is no school at all. At least our administration has been making an effort to not loose any more days in the eyes of the state, and resume athletic activities. While some may say athletics are not important at this time, what do you say to those students who are trying to obtain an athletic scholarship for a sport they have pushed themselves in for 4+ years? Just because the teachers and board can’t come to a decision does not mean that their hard work should go unrewarded.
This brings up another point. While classes may not be in session, LFHS is still making strong efforts to help those seniors who are in the process of applying for college. They have held several courses the past two days on college essay writing, picking your major, and other topics that seniors could find useful during this part of their academic careers. On top of that, LFHS has still kept the college visit schedule to the best of their ability. The people who have worked around the clock on this should be thanked, not mocked with snide Internet comments.
We ARE a community. Period, end of story. We need to acknowledge those who have worked so hard these past few days, the LFHS administrators, the group of volunteers, the subs, CROYA, and everyone else who has helped in the effort to get our students back into the classrooms. While the result may not have been perfect, the efforts were made because they all share a common goal; educating and helping our students succeed.
Graham Sauser, LFHS Alumnus