Voice of the People
Stereotypes Aren't Always a Reality:
After reading Tuesday’s online letter to the voice of the people, I couldn’t
help but respond. While there are many things in Natalie Halpin’s letter that
I agree with, I think she may have made an uninformed stereotypical judgment
and poor call in her attack of Principal Goetz.
There are real concerns out in the world today that many families are
overlooking and missing. The negative sides of Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll
are three things we all try to keep our children away from through proper
guidance, leadership, appropriate activities and positive role models. None
of us are perfect…none of us are expected to be.
While I would agree that MTV does not have a positive image in many parents’
minds, it isn’t completely negative. We can stereotype everything in this
world. We can stereotype race, gender, religion, or even every show on MTV
into the same category.…but that wouldn’t be very “perfect” of us now would
MTV’s “Made” has a truly positive focus. The focus is actually simple and
something I think most, if not all, parents tell their children continuously
while growing up… “You can be whatever you want to be”. MTV’s “Made” takes
your average every day child and guides him or her with tools, training,
leadership and motivation to become something they currently are not and
dream to be. The show allows them to “live their dream” and “dream big”. The
show helps our youth improve their self image, become better individuals and
always gives an opportunity to become a more well rounded person and
experience something new and positive.
I’m not a fan of MTV and I’m certainly not telling parents they should allow
their children to watch this channel. I wouldn’t allow the two children in my
life to associate with this network because of its stereotype. However, I
believe Principal Goetz has made a very positive decision in this situation.
“Made” is one of the great programs out there trying to encourage our youth
to look “outside the box”. Children are taught to “be all you can be”, why
should that stop inside the schools.
Principal Goetz along with many parents and adults are recognizing the
changing world every day. So many of these changes are negative, but the
positive changes should be embraced. Experiences shape our lives!
Kudos to Principal Goetz for allowing one of his students to experience a
once in a lifetime opportunity and to dream big!
A Dreamer, Aunt, Pseudo Parent, Daughter, CHS Graduate, and one day Mother,