Thoughts on disobedience to school rules

I was a so-called "model student" in middle school. I never wore my skirt short, never grew my hair too long, and never, ever wore accessories nor makeup. I believed that was absolutely what a student interested in learning should look like.

One morning as I went to school, the usual teacher was standing in front of the school gate. She was scolding another girl who was caught probably because of her short skirt and heavy makeup. The teacher suddenly called me who had just been passing by. She pointed at me, telling the other girl, "Look at her! This is how you should look like." I felt sorry for the other girl but at the same time thought that it was her fault that she got scolded. I did not understand why she did things that were forbidden by the school. 

Now I think, what if I asked the teacher, "What's the matter with wearing a short skirt? What's the matter with wearing makeup, and having curly and long hair? Why should every student look the same, when they are so much different from one another?" The girl who wore the short skirt was not some kind of criminal. Her perspective was just very different from the school's. The school might strongly believe that students should look in a certain way to concentrate more on their studies. Even so, it is only the belief of the school; it does not mean that it can force the students to follow it, if not recommend. The girl who had been caught didn't blindly follow the school rules but actually acted according to her own views of the world.

Sometimes rules and restrictions are right. Most of them actually do have a point. But following the school's directions without any question is one of the biggest mistakes someone can make as a teenager. Obedience is not what we are meant to learn from schools or any other organization. The ability to look for and find out problems of society and urging them to change is what develops our world into a somewhat better place.

In my school, there are lots of students who criticize the school system and regulations. The school is never quiet and peaceful, and there is always some new problem emerging. Pointing out what the issues are could make the school look as if it is all rotten inside. But the students are never trying to cause trouble; they are only bringing the problems to consciousness so that we can make a change. I think that is what makes the school "alive." Every group in society inevitably faces a problem, and the members of each group have the duty to discuss it openly and try to improve the situation.

Now I don't think that students should always follow the school's directions. When the school directs me to do something, I first think about why I should do it, and how it can be justified. Now I know that disobedience followed by much thought brings positive change.