School elections are one big joke

 

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It’s rapidly approaching the end of the school year. As students cram for finals and prepare for another year of hard work and ethic (for most of us, at least…), a whole other event is unfolding before our eyes: student elections, the factor that will decide who will “lead” us next year.

I think it’s safe to say that student elections are a meme at this point. (If you don’t know what a meme is, look it up.) The whole process is just so ridiculous it’s more like a reality show than anything else.

Here’s why I find it so funny:

The Candidates

This one is a mixed bag entirely. Some positions have no competition, such as Sophomore President, and since the current Freshman president is the only candidate, you can guess who’s gonna win. Other positions have anywhere from 2 to 6 candidates running. It’s funny, because I don’t know most of them. Ba-dum, tiss.

There is no process to let the students know about the candidates. No debates, no introductions, nothing. Hell, I don’t even know the hot topics that students should be debating! One candidate I know claimed to give a speech, but I never even heard it. Guess he said it to some random class.

The Posters

This makes me laugh head over heels. During elections, candidates hang posters telling people to vote for them. However, most of these posters are just funny one-liners rather than political advertisements.

If I were to make a poster, I would advertise what I could contribute to the school. Most people are selfish, so if you tell them you will give them what they want, they will vote for you. My poster would say something like “Anthony Myrlados: Efficiency, Representation, Progress, for YOU. Vote today.”

On the other hand, the posters I’ve seen are much more… frivolous. One poster has a mirror (that’s right!) and says, “Look who’s voting for x candidate…” Another poster has a picture of the candidate with a shocked face. The caption reads, “When I hear that you’re not voting for y candidate.” Ridiculous.

It’s one big popularity contest

Let’s admit it, it’s true. The most well-known and popular candidates are probably winning. I always hear the candidates trash-talking each other about how “weird: they are or whatever. There’s a lot of factionism going on as well. People vote for whatever candidate is their friend. Girls vote for girls, boys vote for boys, unless one has a crush on an opposite-sex candidate.

Finally, I can barely contain my laughter when I overhear a student saying that she received three stickers from a hopeful candidate who wanted to claim her vote. Bribery is rampant this time of the year and elections are won among student lines.


In conclusion, I think the student elections are hilarious. People making funny posters, bribing students, etc… Not to mention, at the end of the day, student administration doesn’t do crap. 

They can’t change school policy or rules; that’s the job of the school district and district trustees. So at the end of the day, let’s enjoy these elections for what they are: a fun time to grow your popularity and improve your college resume.

What else do you find funny about student elections? Feel free to comment.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “School elections are one big joke

  1. I think school administration wants to awake the self-esteem in the high school students, but does not expect they actually will govern there. Self-esteem comes in many forms, in particular, in self-nomination process for the student school government. Through this short process many students who cannot realize themselves otherwise could get a boost. I believe the school administrators watch the process closely and will not allow it to deviate much from what is expected, but they also put an eye on those pupils who use the process for their promotion, and they can monitor any large forming groups who would follow particular popular figures. So this is just a convenient tool for real school managers to observe the evolving student society.

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    1. I can see why you would think it can advance the self-esteem in students. However, in my school at least, the students who don’t think they will win don’t run. Ironically, the students with lower self-esteem don’t run for president.

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