Writing the unwritten rules

Ryan Bartley

Uncovering the unwritten rules of high school

October 26, 2018

Many students in the school may have glanced through their planners at the plethora of school rules and regulations, but seldom do students hear about the “unwritten rules” until it’s too late.

Many of the younger generation of students have been so used to being ushered everywhere that the freedom of high school can be a shock to their untimely systems, so much of a shock that freshman feel the need to make it to class as quickly as possible. Seven minutes is what is allowed to get to class, you do not have to run and trip down the stairs because you had to make it to class in .01 seconds, it’s just not worth it.

Along with running to class comes a time where there will be a “traffic jam” in the main hallway.  Do not panic. This traffic jam is normal and you, and the other 400 people in it, will make it to class timely. If no one else seems worried, then keep calm and walk.

Do not go through any door other than the one on the right side. If someone is blocking the door, just ask them politely and they will most likely move. If one student goes in the left door to go up a stairwell, the other students going out that door will get smacked in the face and that’s not a pleasant feeling. Also, always walk on the right side of the hallway. This rule is crucial for younger students to understand that in this case, go with the grain. Do not “go your own way” just walk with the flow of traffic.

At lockers between classes, try to keep books and binders organized and out of the floor. When binders, backpacks, and that biscuit that is being saved for a special occasion are all over the floor, it makes things harder on the people around the space to navigate and closes the hall off.

Now that the hall rules have been established, let’s look at some class rules that are eligible for this list.

Do not talk while a teacher is trying to talk. This seems so elementary, but students cannot seem to grasp the concept of silence. Teachers in high school will gift a student the privilege of being in BMC. This “gift” will straighten students up in a heartbeat. Just ask any upperclassmen about it. So just be quiet while a teacher is speaking and there will be no consequences, easy.

The final unwritten rule is just one word: decency. Be a decent person and others will be nice in return. No one deserves to be treated rudely or with disrespect. Not even the teachers. Teachers are people too and it doesn’t matter how much a student dislikes a class, they should still respect the teacher for teaching it.

Unwritten rules are sometimes hidden between the lines in white ink or invisible marker, but that doesn’t mean that they do not exist. The mission is to inform young students before they make the mistake of breaking the unwritten rules of high school.

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