The image (right) shows what a visitor would first see when entering Bostonstudentrights.org website. It explains that this site is not meant for legal advice, but instead it is meant for educational purposes.
I decided to explore GOOD… a magazine for global citizens. On this website, I looked through the various education articles and stumbled upon “New App Helps Boston High Schoolers Fight for Their Student Rights”.
This article was about how students in Boston have created a website and phone-based application that gives students a list of their rights while in school. Now, some of you may think this is a pointless app, but I think it is phenomenal. Instead of not knowing your rights as a student, the Boston Student Advisory Council set out to make a student friendly app that explains every right a student has in a language they can understand.
When I was in high school, I had no idea what the policies were regarding my phone, speech in the classroom and discipline rights. But, with this website and application students can quickly look up a question that has answers in easy-to-read bullet points. I don’t necessarily think there is a huge problem with administration and faculty abusing the policies when it comes to disciplining students, but the article mentions how the website helps address the important issues of students being pushed-out of schools due to suspensions or expulsions and not returning, even if they’re allowed.
What a great way to show that students care and are using technology to benefit themselves and their peers!
Below is the link to the article: