OPINION

  • Money… Or Else!

    In a country with as high of a level in education and living standards as the United States, the first thought most people should have toward education is that everyone should have one. Our very culture is built around the preparation of going into the workforce or building a major career, and college is instrumental in this process. However, the bludgeoning costs of going to university are detrimental to this idea.

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  • School Districts May Shorten School Week 

    Throughout the past year, the education administration and other faculty members have struggled to keep up with the demands of teaching. Many teachers have suffered from burnout due to the pressure associated with teaching demands during the pandemic. Currently, there is also a labor shortage in the educational field, which has reduced teaching staff and put additional stress on schools. In 2022, American schools suffered the loss of nearly 360,000 educators. With 6.8 percent of teaching staff missing, public schools have been struggling to keep up with the ongoing demands of education. In hopes of attracting teachers, many rural schools are moving to a four-day workweek in an attempt to compete with larger school districts that offer higher compensation, better benefits, and superior career prospects. In the US, there are over 800 different school districts that are moving to a four-day school week model. Nonetheless, the jury is still out on whether or not this is a positive move for schools and how it will impact teachers and students.

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  • Embrace Your Own Joy, Wear a Halloween Costume to School

    On October 29 of last year, in the spirit of Halloween’s arrival the following Saturday, I made the bold decision to wear my costume to school. I knew it was likely that I would be the only one dressed up, but there I was, strolling down the hallways in an orange hippie dress with a matching headband, fringe boots, and a large peace-sign necklace swinging as I walked. And as eyes seemed to linger and people asked me what I was wearing, my little insecure self somehow felt infinitely happy.

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