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Billy Budd

Todays society as well as the majority of our schools can definitely improve on how it encourages creativity and individuality in todays youth. A lot of the time, its hard to do this, but with smaller classrooms, more qualified and devoted teachers, and more cooperation from the students, everyones needs could be met, and students would receive a better education. Many of todays schools have no tolerance for anything that may go against the norm. Schools today can allow for individuality and differences in students, but they either choose not to or are not aware that anything is wrong with the way they do things. In Melvilles, Billy Budd, there are examples of this stifling of individuality. The crew members on board the Avenger are made to all conform and follow orders without question. Through Claggart, the mens individuality and rights as people are taken away through fear. No matter what anyone is trying to accomplish, satisfying everyone is almost always impossible. It is no different in todays school system, satisfying everyone is difficult. Students are not allowed to express themselves as freely as they should. This is not the case in all schools, but it is Especially since incidents like those at Columbine High School, schools now view acts of individuality and creativeness as those of malicious intent. There is a kind of intolerance for those who act differently from the majority. Ever since the two boys from Columbine murdered their classmates, everyone has been extremely cautious about everything from actual death threats, to mere heated discussion between classmates. It is almost to a point of overkill. How much regulation is too much regulation? In order for schools to be able to accommodate for everyone and their individual needs, they must first not punish students for being different from the majority. After there is an acknowledgment of the individuality of students, then you can start to help them learn better and o...

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