Education is stuck in a hundred-year-old rut
Dec04

Education is stuck in a hundred-year-old rut

by Becca Hoekstra The Guardsman In the fast-paced world of Google, social media and the 24/7 news cycle, our Industrial Age education system is a dinosaur relic in need of retirement. Get this: the standardized test is almost 100 years old; it was invented in 1914. Today, we throw away smart phones, one of our primary sources for information, after just one year. Our current system of education was developed during the Industrial Age...

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Great teachers are worth their weight in gold
Nov14

Great teachers are worth their weight in gold

By Becca Hoekstra The Guardsman There is one single thing that can make or break your education. It’s not the discipline, subject or major. It’s not the amount of homework, the difficulty of tests or the amount of required reading. It’s the teacher. That single individual standing in front of the classroom can help you think in ways that make the world make sense. The good teachers are the ones who listen, who encourage your...

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There are more than two parties, ya know?
Oct16

There are more than two parties, ya know?

By Becca Hoekstra The Guardsman Oh, the Presidential Election. You bring me such joy. Not.The debates are in full swing.Policies are being passed around left and right on the usual–jobs, taxes, health care, debt, foreign policy. All important topics, certainly, that affect us in various and significant ways.But since we’re going to be voting as politically-aware students, it’s time to focus on the presidential candidates’ views on...

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Voting is your voice
Oct03

Voting is your voice

By Becca Hoekstra The Guardsman As you may have heard, there’s an election coming up in November.(If you have actually managed not to hear anything, can I please borrow your rocketship? Because you are obviously not on planet Earth.)Voting as a student can be really frustrating. We’re new to this complicated system of a representative democracy, and it’s easy to get disheartened and apathetic when combating a bureaucratic machine that...

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