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The teacher who told you to take your headphones out because he didn’t like the “I don’t like the whole I’m-too-cool-for-this-so-I’m-going-to-tune-out-the-world vibe,” was out of line to speak to you that way. He could have said, “I don’t allow headphones in my classroom,” and left it at that. Your teacher has a right not to allow headphones, but he does not have the right to define for you what your behaviour means for you. This adult practice that can be extremely disorienting and destructive to developing children and teens.

Your essay shows this perfectly. You teens are constantly told your behaviors are too social and not social enough. What are you suppose to do with that information?

Your idea to wear headphones during your passing period at school is genius. The noise and chaos of hundreds of high schoolers in narrow hallways during passing periods is mind numbing.Your idea to tune out the noise and grab a few minutes of solitude during a busy school day is truly a great idea.

When teachers assume there are negative reasons behind why students behave as they do, they respond negatively to their students. Your essay is a step towards changing this practice.

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