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Veterans’ holiday forgotten

Veterans Day is the forgotten holiday. Some observe two minutes of silence. Some go to a church ceremony

By Chase Palmer

or participate in a march. What does America do to observe Veterans Day? Very little, maybe an assembly or moment of silence cut short by teachers’ lessons and whispering students.

Our lives can easily get bogged down with school, sports, friends, and family, but that does not mean we can make excuses for ignore veterans and their service.

Our country has formally declared war on three different occasions, while also fighting in as many as ten others. The occasions when we found ourselves at war were tense times for the soldiers

fighting, families at home, and others involved.

The respect and acknowledgement necessary and appropriate for our veterans is clearly lacking. The veterans put their world on hold, risked their lives, and gave for you. With their sacrifice we can; have all the food we could imagine, sleep in peace, not worry of approaching enemies, and have the freedoms that we so easily take for granted. Unlike much of the world we do not worry about our next meal.

Young men have died in battle and their families and friends have suffered because of this. Fighter pilots have also been shot down so we can sleep without the threat of genocides or dictators happening here in America.

Do we think about it on a daily basis? Even once a year on Veterans day? It is a chance to find a veteran, be it in your community or family, and thank them. They gave you something you cannot get any other way than putting their entire world on the line.

Veterans should always be respected and recognized.  They have sacrificed too much to be recognized only once every year by putting their life on the line every time they go into a battle. Many veterans have gone above and beyond and served multiple tours. They knowingly stand in the way of enemy baring guns, bombs, and a hatred we cannot even imagine. Just for us.

There are plenty of good Americans that provide wonderful services like doctors and teachers. But no one can say they did more for their country than veterans. These servants realized such freedom and liberty was worth more than their lives. What will we do.

Unfair grading causes stir

Public Law 221 was created to set up a new system of accountablitiy for public schools in Indiana. This

Graphic by Summer Haynes

system gives a letter grade A through F much like a student’s report card. Unlike a students report card, however, these grades are based on progress of the schools standardized test scores and not on the quality of them.  Not only is this system of ranking unfair, it is misleading and could eventually produce a counterproductive  result.

This plan is unfair because schools who are producing subpar results are being ranked higher than those who produce excellent results. A school that consistently obtains high test scores will receive a low grading because their improvement rate is low, while a school that improves but still produces low scores will be ranked highly. This is unfair because lower-quality schools are being rewarded for being lower-quality schools.

This grading system is also very misleading for anyone trying to decide what schools are the best in the state of Indiana. Schools given an A are actually schools that have just recently improved and have not consistently been exemplary schools, while consistently high acheiving schools would be listed as C or below. This is as logical as putting a student who improves from an F to a D above an all A student in class rank.

Eventually this system could become counterproductive and cause schools to purposely lower their scores to be able to improve. Supporters of this system may believe taht it will cause positive competition and encourage struggling schools to work harder, but they do not take into account those schools who are not struggling. Eventually these consistent schools will grow weary of not being recognized for their job well done and will lower scores in order to raise them.

The solution to the problem of Public Law 221 is simple. Schools cannot be graded solely on improvement in test scores. While this should be a factor of the grade a school recieves, other factors such as consistency in test scores, graduation rates, and conduct should be considered as well.

Everyone would agree that this system would be an inappropriate way to grade students, so why should it be applied to schools? Not only is it unfair, misleading, and potentially counterproductive, it is blatanly one-dimensial.