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Zero tolerance policy harms all students

March 21, 2011


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

Mistakes and second chances are common themes teenagers experience.  As most grow up, they are encouraged to make mistakes and learn from each good or bad choice because the reality is that most depend on mistakes as learning opportunities and use these missteps to discover and grow.  They often seek...

Nutrion guidelines lack vital specifics

March 2, 2011


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

Red, white and blue: three colors that were once instantly connected to America—three colors that represented the values and culture of the over 300 million people living in this country.  Yet, in 2011, the McDonald’s golden arch, the Supersize Me movie poster and obese, cavity-bearing individuals...

Scans, pat-downs invade travelers’ privacy

December 21, 2010


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Four months of school complete and ten days of relaxation in sight—winter break, a much needed vacation time, is the only thing on most students’ minds as the temperatures drop and the holiday decorations loom around every corner.  Many will choose to fly and leave the regular distresses behind...

Texas BOE’s New Textbooks Harm Nation

November 23, 2010


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

Before most research projects and assignments, teachers often give students meaningful advice about which sources to depend on—Wikipedia: often inaccurate; news articles: watch out for bias; sites found through Google: take extra precaution; textbooks: safe source. The only thing we trust more tha...

College Board has monopoly on education

October 29, 2010


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The college admissions process is like one huge whirlwind—everything occurs very quickly and there is not much time to argue or think things through. Most students are advised by their parents, teachers and counselors about what classes to take, what standardized tests to focus on, and what Advanced...

Teen Talks does not amend past wrongs

September 30, 2010


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The teenage years are all about learning. They’re a time to take risks, to make decisions, to explore identities and to make mistakes, all as part of a learning and growing experience. When a group of students from the current senior class were caught after hacking into the school’s computer system...

Observer Opinion

May 28, 2010


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

A great deal of the college application process depends on the college rankings that are updated each year by U.S. World and News Report,which are read by alumni, trustees, administrators and applicants, and have come to serve as the go-to source for finding out which schools are the best in the country.  The...

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