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Are You Able to Be Your Whole Self at School?

Are You Able to Be Your Whole Self at School?

Find all our Student Opinion questions here. Does your school try hard to make students from different backgrounds feel welcome and included? Do your teachers provide space for students to thoughtfully tackle complex issues related to race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality? Do you feel that you’re able to bring your whole self to school? In…
How One School Uses The New York Times Across Its Curriculum

How One School Uses The New York Times Across Its Curriculum

Often, teachers will write to us about one or two ways they’ve used The Times in their classrooms. But this idea, submitted by Susan Shatford, a library media specialist at Marblehead High School in Marblehead, Mass., is different. It’s not just one lesson or unit, but a comprehensive overview of how The New York Times…
How Is What You Are Studying in School Relevant to Your Life and the Larger World?

How Is What You Are Studying in School Relevant to Your Life and the...

Or maybe your school offers courses that teach skills, like computer coding, wood shop, music or photography, that build on interests you have always had and like to explore beyond the school day.If so, what have these classes taught you? How have you connected what you learned in them with your real life?If it’s not…
What Students Are Saying About Marriage, Paying for School Lunch, and Saying ‘No’

What Students Are Saying About Marriage, Paying for School Lunch, and Saying ‘No’

I want to leave my options open. For me personally, marriage isn’t super high on my list but something I’d like to have. Other kids in my generation, including myself, don’t really care too much about marriage right now. Most kids don’t think about the future and would much rather be playing Fortnite or scrolling…
Should Students Get Mental Health Days Off From School?

Should Students Get Mental Health Days Off From School?

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed, stressed, anxious or depressed that you thought you needed a day off from school to reset? Does your school allow you to take a sick day when you’re feeling mentally unwell? If so, have you ever taken one? If not, do you wish you had the option? Depression and…
Back to School

Back to School

It’s back-to-school season. How do you feel about the start of a new school year? What are you most looking forward to? What are you nervous about? Tell us in the comments, then read the related article to find some strategies for transitioning back to school. Find many more ways to use our Picture Prompt…
Our 3rd Annual Connections Contest: Link Something You’re Studying in School With the World Today

Our 3rd Annual Connections Contest: Link Something You’re Studying in School With the World...

Contest Dates: Dec. 5, 2019 - Jan. 14, 2020 So you’re studying the Civil War — or Shakespeare, or evolution, or “The Bluest Eye.” Why? What does it have to do with your life and the lives of those around you? Why should you remember it once you’ve turned in that paper or taken that…
How Much Do You Speak Up in School?

How Much Do You Speak Up in School?

Are you the kind of student who speaks often in class, and feels confident when you do? Or are you quiet, hoping not to be called on — perhaps someone who would rather write than speak aloud? Or, are you somewhere in the middle, speaking up in classes and during activities that you like, and…
How Should Senior Year in High School Be Spent?

How Should Senior Year in High School Be Spent?

Would senior year in high school — or, at least, second semester of senior year — be better spent doing something different than just going to classes? If so, how do you think it should, or could, be spent instead? In “How to Cure the New Senioritis? Make Yourself Your Senior Project,” Ned Johnson writes:…
Do You Like School?

Do You Like School?

Do students at your school seem bored? Do you ever feel bored? If so, when? Why? The authors of the essay you are about to read spent six years studying high schools across the United States. What did they find? They noted that “boredom was pervasive.” They also learned that debate, drama and other extracurriculars…

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