Staff Editorial: We need to take advantage of what “Ignite your vision” has to offer

Finally, they are listening. It’s a shame, however, that students have nothing to say. Recently, Mason High School started “Ignite Your Vision”, a program that allows students to generate ideas, pitch them to administration, and get them approved to be implemented, possibly even with funding. The program was a administration’s response when they heard the claims that student opinions were not being taken into consideration.

The website “masonignite.com” was set up so that students could post their ideas anonymously, a free platform for all other students to view them and build upon their own ideas. A disturbing number of them, however, are jokes. Suggestions like Fortnite Friday, or Male Hygiene Products, or even watching Bill Nye two bells a day make it hard to take the collective student voice seriously.

Other proposals lack any creativity whatsoever: half of them call for the opening of pod doors in the morning or for more frequent prime times. Those are fine suggestions, but they also only pertain to problems which arose this semester, and they also require no funding, funding that administration has offered generously to us. Students have wanted this opportunity for years; where are those years’ worth of brilliant ideas?

Unfortunately, it is not surprising that the student body reacted this way. Time and again, we pass up the chance to contribute to the district.

Students complained that the administration didn’t listen to them. Jonathan Cooper offered Community Conversations, where any student could have set up a time anywhere to hold a
meeting with the superintendent. About any topic. And few, if any, students took that op-
portunity.

Students complained that counselors were not making themselves available to students. In response, counselor corners were put in place after school every primetime Wednesday, only for few students to acknowledge it.

Asking for change is good. It’s the first step for progress. It’s how problems are solved. But
it takes more than complaining to really make a difference.

Our problem is we complain about issues, and when administration gives us an opportu-
nity to fix them, we do nothing. We complain about not having opportunities, then we get them, and we turn the other cheek.

That’s not productive. That’s hypocritical.

Even the middle school renovations are a result of students and parents complaining about the building for years. Now that it is actually being acted upon, now that those complaints are being recognized and addressed, all anyone wants to do is complain more about the fact that it is going to take a school year to complete.

There is a long history of students proving they do not care about making a difference. They merely enjoy complaining.

They enjoy pretending that no one is listening, that their brilliant plans are going un-
heard, that they are some kind of victim. But our behavior when we are given the chance to
speak is so immature that it almost warrants silencing us prematurely.

“Ignite Your Vision” is a great idea. It allows students to provide input on ideas that teachers don’t often think about, because the entire reason our voices should be heard is because we have perspectives on our situations that
adults do not.

But making it into a joke and refusing to take it seriously only proves that our voices mean nothing.

We should, as a student body, want to knock this out of the park. That was what even administration expected. Instead, we are backing down; we are admitting that we have nothing to say.

So if we really want change, let’s start acting on it.