A presentation focusing on the public education system made by Drury University students in Monett last month represented the culmination of months of research and hard work by five class members under the guidance of Tenoha Templeton, their teacher.
Each student conducted their own research, targeting a different segment of the public school system.
For example, Connie Morris looked at the evolution of entitlement and how it was affecting education.
"Parents expect the school to take care of everything," said Morris. "It's time for adults to stand up and be accountable for our children."
Kayla Arndt, another member of the class, focused her research on school discipline. The Pierce City graduate spent hours interviewing local teachers and administrators about their discipline policies.
"I looked at how they've lost or gained in the area of discipline," said Arndt. "I didn't come up with what to do but pointed out what is there and what we could do to improve discipline in the schools."
Other members of the team and their areas of research included: Patricia Sigman, labeling and tracking; Contessa Brundridge, standardized testing; and Brady Hayward, private schools versus public schools.
The students hope their presentation will make a difference.
"Hopefully, this will spread or just make people think," said Morris. "Maybe in a few years we'll see a change in our schools."
Templeton said she was very proud of her students' work and their final presentation.
"My class did great," said Templeton. "When a student surpasses their teacher, you know you've done something right. They far surpassed me, and worked hard all semester getting ready for the presentation."