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The “Connected” People

POEM TO THE EDITOR

It’s the buzz in our pocket that instantly has our attention.
It’s the snap streak that has to be saved at all costs.
It’s the latest Kardashian update that spreads from phone to phone.
Why have all these things become so important?
Is it that crucial that we send a picture of our face to someone
Instead of having a conversation with the person sitting next to us?
When did staring at a rectangular screen become the social norm? Continue reading

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We Care Too Much

POEM TO THE EDITOR

We care too much, about the things that don’t matter
We care more about materialistic objects than about another person
We fear commitment, sacrifice, compromise
When did we become THAT generation? Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Take the Gains Tests Seriously

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The Gains tests are a series of ACT-style assessments given in every class at WBHS. According to the district, these tests are used by teachers to adapt instruction to address gaps in student learning.

I don’t take the Gains Test seriously for a number of reasons. There are a multitude of standardized assessments that students are required to endure, semester after semester, on some occasions taking the same one for multiple classes. These tests, designed to measure academic growth of the student body, are not only irritating but a blatant waste of perfectly good time, filling class periods that could (and should) be spent doing anything of a more productive nature. One could argue that taking one or two days out of an entire semester to take a test for the good of the school does little or no harm, and that’s perfectly valid. The time spent isn’t excessive, and the tests are little more of a nuisance to most. What I’m most concerned with, however, is not the actual tests but what they stand for. Continue reading

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School Newspaper Should Ask Questions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

If it doesn’t go against school code, I would like to make a plea for more questions. Particularly those in regards to all of the testing given in our high school as well as throughout our entire district. Students deserve to know why they are being required to do all of this testing, who initiated it, and why neither the students nor teachers have a say in any of it. I strongly encourage topics like these to be published in the West Bend Current as it’s the media’s gift to bridge the informative gap between the administration and the student body. Continue reading

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Stop Standing on the Sidelines

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

DSC00005I’ve spent all of my educational career teaching a subject that stresses actions have consequences. That you should always consider the costs and the benefits before making decisions in your life. The incident at school reminded me that we don’t always act rationally. One of my college professors gave me a piece of advice that I will always remember. It went something like… you should never get in a fight with a pig because everyone comes out covered in mud. Many students are learning that lesson. Their reputations have been muddied, many look foolish, and now they are left trying to wipe the mud off their faces. Continue reading

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Disaster Professional Weighs In

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Michael Faragher received his B.A. in Disaster and Emergency Management from the American Military University in 2012. He graduated from West High in 2001.

There’s been a lot of discussion about the incident in the West Bend High Schools in the past 24 hours. Having not been a student there for nearly 14 years, I heard about it indirectly, but I did get to see my fellow alumni voice their opinions, and immediately forget they did worse when they were in the same position. In 1999 or 2000, we attempted to organize a walk-out in solidarity with the teachers against the administration. I was hauled into the vice-principal’s office, and when I told him I hadn’t distributed the fliers I’d made yet, he visibly relaxed and said they were very well done. Apparently, if that happened yesterday I may have been arrested. But I’m not here to discuss the ways I think the school might be mishandling some things, I’m only discussing how they’re mishandling one thing: this situation. Continue reading

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