80 Second Editorial Responses for March

80 second editorials are questions answered by students and faculty. Each person has 80 seconds to answer each question. All questions are based on personal opinions of participants and do not represent the opinions of the Terrier Times staff. The editorial questions are available on the Terrier Times website terrier-times.org

80 Second Editorial Responses for March

Abby Bourque, Opinions Editor

How much of an impact do humans have on climate change?

Humans have a significant impact on climate change. While the Earth goes through its natural periods of warmth and coolness, humans have recently been disrupting that cycle. Through pollution, we have harmed the atmosphere and significantly warmed up the Earth within recent years, and at the rate we’re going – things will only continue to get warmer.-Matthew Selva, Grade 10

Not very much. Humans themselves are a part of nature. It’s some of the things we create and use in our everyday lives that make a difference on climate change. It’s also a natural thing for climate to change. How do you explain the ice age. The climate dropped significantly. The Earth first started out completely covered in lava. I’m pretty sure it was warm in that era. So humans don’t have very much of an impact on Earth. -Luke Magni, Grade 11

Humans have a very heavy impact on climate change. We are the ones who pollute the air, destroy nature, and make the ultimate change to the world around us. People do not realize what they are doing or simply do not care.-Arianna Albano, Grade 10

Is the there an equal amount of support for arts and athletics at our school? Why or why not?

Absolutely not. The color guard had no place to practice until this winter and even then sports teams repeatedly ask to use our space on days. Sports comes first and that is constantly evident.-Mal MacGrath, Grade 11

No, absolutely not. If you ask any art oriented person ever they will tell you that sports kids are the most favored and get all of the funding. The school also never gives announcements or respects the drama club even though we raised $3,000 from Seussical! Come on!!-Mackenzie Strong, Grade 10

I do not think so because we support athletics a lot more than arts. We have pep rallies, trophies along the walls, and students go to the games. For art, once in awhile you will see a decoration on the walls that is not in the art area. -Kelly Davis, Grade 10

No, athletics are seen as the greatest thing ever in our school. If someone can draw or paint or write, it’s seen as cool, but sports will always reign way above.-Bailee Smith, Grade 11

Which school policy would you change if you could and why?

Cell phones in the hall, because we have four minutes before class so it’s not like we could be cheating by being on our phones in the hallway. -Sierra Bodzioch, Grade 10

The common core, because it tells teacher what they need to teach, and everything must be done in a certain way and must be done before the end of the school year. Well, not all students are able to learn the same way or keep up with the pace of the lesson or the information, and this can hurt their learning instead of helping it. -Brianna DuMont, Grade 10

I would probably change the hat policy. At the moment, you’re not suppose to wear hats or hoods in school unless it’s for religious purposes. But I think people should be allowed to wear hats and hoods in school, even if they’re not religious.-Cameron Hardy, Grade 11

Do you feel like your opinions are recognized by the school? In what ways are students able or unable to express their opinions and have an impact on decisions and policies?

I think since many of our opinions are expressed in the school newspaper, and can be shown at places like school committee meetings, our school recognizes our opinions. They may not always agree with our opinions but at least they know how we feel.-Jenna Melvin, Grade 10

No, I doubt this will even be recognized because I’m only one person. Not even a small group can get through the school. You need about 50% of the school to catch someone’s attention. -Luke Magni, Grade 11

They are able to express their opinions by joining clubs such as student government or student council-Trisha Schempp, Grade 12

I think that students have no control over decisions and policies at the school. Many policies at the school are not liked and viewed as unfair by students, yet they are never changed.-Connor French, Grade 10

Is there a mutual level of respect between teachers and students? Why or why not?

No, the students don’t show the teachers enough respect. Students get frustrated and take it out on teachers.-Chris Bowers, Grade 11

In some classrooms there is a level of respect if you’re a nice teacher then it’s easier to respect you and if you’re a good student then teachers can easily respect you back in the same way but if you’re a student with attitude problems and you’re rude to a teacher then they will respect you less than a good student. -Mike Robinson, Grade 12th

No, because there are some teacher who feel like they should disrespect students and there are some students who feel like they should disrespect teachers. -Jacky Huang Grade 10

It depends on the student and the teacher but generally, I think students and teachers mutually respect one another. It allows the teacher to do their job and for the student to learn sufficiently. -Meagan Burke, Grade 10

Do teachers and guidance provide sufficient time and extra help needed to students who are struggling? Explain

Yes, guidance does an excellent job helping kids and supplying the resources they need. -Vincenzo Calabres, Grade 10

Teachers and guidance do provide sufficient time and extra help needed to students who are struggling. Teachers can stay after school to help students, and if a class is too challenging for a student they can go to guidance and change it.-Connor French, Grade 10

They provide more time for those who have a lot of problems and feel like they need to be seen 24/7. -Adelina Teodorescu, Grade 10

What are the grades you get in school a representation of? Explain.

It represents how well we were able to follow instructions in on a piece of paper and how well we can answer questions and do our work. I’d say it represents how well we do in school and how much we know, but it’s not. I can work really hard, but get bad grades. It doesn’t mean I am incapable of solving the problem given to me, just means i couldn’t meet the requirements needed by the teacher. -Jeanette Vorobyova , Grade 10

They are a representation of nothing because they don’t reflect who I am just how i’m doing in school. -Vaunell Hill, Grade 10

How good are you at tests, doing homework and staying on the teacher’s good side. Usually not of intelligence. -Noor Farjo, Grade 12

I feel like grades are just a representation of how much information you retain and some are better with this and can put it towards what they are working on. -Mike Robinson, Grade 12th

Should cell phone manufacturers grant the government access to our cell phone data in circumstances they deem necessary for national security? Why or Why not?

 

I believe that only in the most serious of circumstances should cell phone manufacturers grant the government access to our cell phone data for national security. If there is vital information to an important national case then I believe it is okay for investigators to go through cell phone data, but for minor crimes cell phones manufacturers should not be forced to access secure cell phone data. -Tyler Astede, Grade 10

Yes, the government should be allowed to access our cell phones under circumstances of national security. I would not have an issue with this as I have nothing to hide. Although, I can understand why Apple or Google or other companies would not agree to this. Consumers buy their products to trust that their data is secure on it no matter what. -Jocelyn Acevedo, Grade 12

I don’t think Apple should have to grant the government access. Yes, while this is a terrorism issue and Apple should be able to unlock the iPhone, the software to do this is not yet developed. Every iPhone is run off of the same basic software- so you should think about the software to unlock the iPhone as a key to every iPhone. A key that unlocks every door. If someone was to get a hold of that technology they could potentially get the financial, personal, and medical information of everyone who owns an iPhone. Also, if our government has such great security and can hack into almost everything, why can they not access this iPhone? They shouldn’t have to have permission from Apple, and if a warrant is the issue, they have more than probable cause to get one. -Samantha DePergola, Grade 10

No, the government should not be granted access to personal cell phones. Although they may be able to claim it is for the purpose of national security, in reality they could deem almost anything a national security issue. Where exactly is the line of a security issue or not? It’s the US Government, they could say anything is putting the nation at risk and the idiots of American society will believe it 100% and just hand over that right to privacy. The government being granted access to people’s cell phones is a complete infringement on the people’s privacy. If you hand over the right to your cell phone privacy, you are essentially opening up any privacy you have to the government. In today’s society everything is done on a cell phone. It’s the world we live in. The government isn’t just going to simply look into phone calls or texts. They will have access to absolutely anything that is done on or goes through your cellular device. Handing over our privacy gives the government a whole new level of spying on it’s own citizens, something I believe they already do unlawfully anyway.-Brody Osborne, Grade 12