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CAMPAIGN PROMISES

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In a list of things that made her laugh recently, New York teacher writingsam of clean up on aisle life includes some timely (school) election news:

In a campaign speech for President of the Student Government, one boy stated, "I promise to do something about that smell in the boys' bathroom, because it's just -- I mean -- you know -- it's just disgusting. I'll get air fresheners, maybe a ceiling fan, but I promise you, I'll do something!" (Followed by wild cheers.)

Now there's an area where we can probably all agree that you don't want to "stay the course."


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Y'know, we need to listen to the kids more. That was, if you think about it, quite an intelligent, and REALISTIC campaign promise. Too bad the people going to Washington DC are not checking HIM out.

This just might be a realistic and useful research project: The relation of boys' bathrooms to student achievement. I've seen a lot of them--some quite clean and neat, with real mirrors and towels in the towel holders. Others I've seen have been truly disgusting--no mirrors, no paper towels, and trash on the floor. Is there a connection? I have a feeling that there is.

Makes sense to me. I mean, if the bathroom is nasty, it does something to ANYONE. I mean, how do most of us feel when we go to a restaurant, service station, etc., any public restroom, and the place is REALLY disgusting?

We feel unwanted as customers, and very likely will not go to that place again. Now, kids are forced to go to school. It seems to me quite logical; they have no choice in a lot of things. The young man cited above felt there was something the students should have a choice in, and to be honest, I agree with him. And it would send a very serious message to the adults responsible for keeping the restrooms clean: If you don't do it, we will. Adults embarrass kids everyday, sometimes rightfully, sometimes wrongly. I think dirty restrooms would be an embarrassment to ANY school.

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