One of my 9th-grade classes, enjoying the luxury of an open forum, was in the middle of ranting about the horrors of closed campus, the lameness of dance censorship, and the possibility of adding sofas to the classroom. Eventually I could no longer moderate from the sidelines. "Okay," I said, "you've got problems. What can you do about them?"
Petition, some said. Go to the school board, others chimed in. "More school funding would help with the sofa thing," said one previously quiet participant. "I heard somewhere that we're 43rd in the nation."
Good job, WEA media machine.