Students at Baltimore City College should be reassigned for poor grades or behavioral problems because those students plague this proud institution of academic vigor with their impotence. It seems illogical to keep students around who spoil and infect the learning experience for those who want to learn and do what is expected of a Baltimore City College student. I feel outraged that people who continue to receive poor grades or who continue to misbehave after disciplinary actions have been taken should return year after year. A change should occur because it is only for the better that we remove those who don't follow the "City College Way".
Before attending this school, I heard nothing but good things about it which led me to choose it over the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. But after a year and a half here, I see that this once rigorous, strict institution is falling apart right before our eyes. Fights, cruel pranks, arson attempts occurring day after day — things have changed since the days when you could proudly name your alma-mater without people making snarky remarks about how the school has gone to hell. And who is to blame for this calamity? A small bunch of delinquents and degenerates who don't appreciate the opportunities offered by one of the best institutions in the city of Baltimore and who, consequently, ruin the learning experience of others who do appreciate the opportunities. In Chinua Achebe's novel, Things Fall Apart, there is a proverb that states, "The finger that brings oil soils the others" and it is easy to see how this adage is applicable to City. So why keep those people here?
Now you may think, "Yes, these are serious problems which need to be solved properly, but these things happen in other schools all around the country." I agree, but understand that this is not just any other school — this is Baltimore City College. This is one of the most revered schools in all of Maryland — one of the most revered in the country — because of its level of academic excellence and history of alumni. We are one of the oldest high schools in the United States. So if we have such high status now — with cancerous, disruptive, and unruly students in our midst — what would we be if we could eliminate all our "rotten apples"? How high would our status rise if we could remove those who simply don't care about what is being offered to them and bring in more people ecstatic for academic success? It would be like the Baltimore Orioles winning the World Series!