Real Talk: Should Freeman have a Prom Court?

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Welcome to Real Talk! Real Talk is a non-partisan discussion club that strives to reflect all perspectives of controversial topics without easy answers. With polarization as a nation on the rise, it is imperative that we gather the diverse opinions of those throughout the Freeman community in order to reflect upon solutions to the controversies testing the nation today. If you feel strongly about a certain topic or want to lend a passionate voice to future discussions, feel free to join the conversation on Wednesdays in room 132 or email us at dsfrealtalk@gmail.com. Disagreement is always welcome!

Should Freeman Have a Prom Court?

It seems as if every teenage movie ends with two high school students being crowned prom queen and king. But with growing changes in today’s high school communities, prom court has become a challenging issue at Freeman. Does prom court engage and represent the student body properly? Is it an important and fun tradition we need to keep or is it losing its relevance? Ask yourself: should Freeman have a prom court? Leave a comment below about your opinion.

Ideas to Start Your Conversation:

Yes:

  • Enhances school spirit and engages the community
  • Preserves a valued tradition
  • Provides an opportunity for seniors to be honored

No:

  • Lack of diversity represented
  • Becomes a popularity contest
  • Reinforces traditional ideas of couples and gender
  • Creates division

Peer Perspectives

Yes:

Why get rid of prom court? It is a part of the high school experience. Whether you are running for a position or not, the school always listens intently to find out just who won the crown. While yes it is unfortunate that not everyone is able to win a title, but that is how the real world works. Not winning prom king or queen doesn’t make a student any less important. It is all just a game, and more importantly, it is a tradition. This is not exclusive to Freeman. Most high schools still engage in some sort of prom court election. We must learn to not always be sensitive, while yes we should move forward as a society, some traditions are just fun. Maybe instead of completely terminating prom court, we should make strides to make sure that all students feel included in the festivities. Maybe the court should become a little more diverse so that everyone feels like they see a representation of themselves being crowned. Let’s improve on the idea rather than abort it.

No:  

Prom court: an ancient, problematic tradition. Inherently, asking the student body to choose a group of students through class-wide voting becomes a popularity contest. If you don’t have a friend you know nominated, you will probably vote for the names you recognize—or the most popular and well-known people. Those selected for prom court often do not represent the diverse and vibrant Freeman community. Furthermore, the court at Freeman is usually white, of a fairly affluent socio-economic level, only a fraction of the  student body. Additionally, prom court has a fairly traditional view of couples. A king and a queen only—this is a traditional view of both gender and love; it limits the possibility of having a gay couple becoming our king and queen, or having someone who doesn’t strictly define their gender as male or female. Prom court either needs to be dramatically changed to avoid these issues or it should be done away with altogether.

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