Opinion: Opinion: P.R.I.D.E. Fails to Gain Traction

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P.R.I.D.E posters and flyers such as this one have been displayed across the school, advertising the P.R.I.D.E. acronym and campaign.

It seems as if every wall and bulletin board at M-A has one thing in common: M-A P.R.I.D.E. posters. Introduced by the M-A administration two years ago in an effort to promote school-wide unity, P.R.I.D.E. represents the values that the administration finds most important to M-A students: Patience, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Empathy.

Since then, P.R.I.D.E. has been implemented in school-wide assemblies, SSR periods, and most evidently, the M-A halls. When asked why the campaign was necessary, Vice Principal Simone Kennel claimed that M-A needed a vision for the entire school. However, while the administration is surely advancing its agenda, the campaign does not seem to be affecting students the way it was expected to.

In a senior government class of 35 students, only two claimed that the values of P.R.I.D.E. have an impact on their everyday decisions. Though Kennel claims that she has noticed a completely different vibe throughout campus, the feedback from the aforementioned government class, a class containing students of all socioeconomic backgrounds, clearly demonstrates the ineffectiveness of P.R.I.D.E. and the consequent lack of enthusiasm among students.

Furthermore, the P.R.I.D.E.-based activities in the back of student planners have received little attention by M-A students, despite the clear push for the widespread understanding of these values. Additionally, the constant interruptions to SSR time only serve to generate antipathy towards the campaign.

In order to appeal to M-A students and achieve its ultimate objective, the administration must change its means of promoting the campaign. Students mock and snicker at the rudimentariness of the lessons and activities.¬†Reconstructing negative conversations into respectful ones simply fails to motivate students to change their lifestyles into ones that abide by the principles of P.R.I.D.E.¬†Improved efforts would eliminate unproductive posters and lessons, and engender enthusiasm among students through relatable mediums like videos created by peers, much like the moving one shown at this year’s anti-bullying assembly.

The administration must reform its feeble attempts in promoting school-wide change. The campaign’s rudimentary activities, combined with M-A’s greater lack of unity inside and outside of the classroom, inhibit the effectiveness of P.R.I.D.E.