Senior Poll Controversy Reflects M-A’s Issue with Diversity
It is easy to point fingers at the yearbook class for approaching the polls unfairly or at the dissenters for their lack of participation. The real issue, however, is much larger than meets the eye; the blame cannot be pegged on any one group when the problem lies in the lack of communication among M-A’s diverse components.
With 452 students, it is unrealistic for two people to conduct a poll that represents the entirety of the senior class. This is not due to a lack of effort, but simply due to the nonexistence of an effective mode of communication that reaches all students within an allotted time frame.
Though the announcements are read daily through the loudspeakers, many students have a hard time hearing them, or are focused on work or conversation while they are being read. The student Facebook page is theoretically an effective way to reach students when they are paying attention, but the way in which people gain access to the online page limits its actual accessibility. People are added to Facebook pages by their friends and classmates, but M-A’s segregated academic, and therefore social, tracks prevent entire groups of students from ever knowing each other, and thus ever gaining entry into the “Class of 2013” page.
Even those trying to combat the way the polls were approached found themselves having to use a survey through Facebook, the same ultimately ineffective method with which they took issue.
The “school within a school” atmosphere that arises as a result of large schools with tracked classes ultimately prevents such a small enterprise from successfully representing all the students in the senior class.