Viewpoint : Bear Facts

PARCC exams deter learning

April 15, 2014  
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The Illinois State Board of Education has elected to adopt the Partnership for College and Career Readiness (PARCC) examination for the 2014-2015 school year. By implementing this new test they are taking away class time from educators and students as well as forcing schools to spend time teaching students... Read more »

Students must take advantage of the summer for planning

April 15, 2014  
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It is important for high schoolers to follow a passion over the summer, according to the College Board. The truth of the matter is, by the time students are seniors, they have to choose what route they want to take for the rest of their lives, which is a scary thought. This is why it is so important... Read more »

Pressure on athletes causes injuries

Pressure on athletes causes injuries

April 15, 2014  
Filed under Top Stories, Viewpoint

An athlete’s best is expected day in and day out, but this expectation put on them from coaches, parents, and teammates causes athletes to crumble under this consistent pressure, causing unnecessary injuries. A young, and growing body should not be getting injured regularly in order to succeed at practice.... Read more »

Lack of sidewalks dangerous to kids of LZ

March 11, 2014 • Bear Facts Staff  
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In many areas walking to school is a common occurrence, even for younger students. But in many Lake Zurich and Hawthorn Woods neighborhoods the lack of sidewalks makes walking to and from school dangerous. For the safety of not only students but residents of the area as well, and  area planners must... Read more »

Teens need to be aware of hearing loss

March 11, 2014 • Emily Hack, Viewpoint Editor  
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Bass dropping and “booty popping” tunes may be music to teens’ ears, but the devastating effects earphones can have on kids’ hearing can keep ears ringing long after the music stops. Today, 1 in 5 teens has some form of hearing loss, a rate about 30 percent higher than it was in the 1980s and... Read more »

Education should be skill, not test based

March 11, 2014 • Kat Pauli, Managing Editor  
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In every college recruitment letter and session with a high school counselor, students hear that they need to be “well rounded.” This mentality as well as the competitive school system currently used in America has created overworked, overtired students who only try to keep up with each test rather... Read more »

Independence comes with responsibility

March 11, 2014 • Genna Danial, Viewpoint writer  
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We want to drive our own cars. We want to stay out all night. We want to make our own choices. As teenagers, we crave all the aspects we see in adulthood: independence, freedom, autonomy. Unfortunately, even though we are nearing or at the exciting age of 18, we do not have most of these liberties. Why?... Read more »

“Bieber Fever” needs to end

March 11, 2014 • michael gallagher, entertainment writer  
Filed under Entertainment, Viewpoint

Obnoxious, disturbing, and off-the-rail can perfectly describe Justin Bieber’s behavior in the past year and a half. If ‘Beliebers’ love their Justin oh-so-much, then they need to support him to get help and not allow him to continually make bad decisions and be a potential threat to someone’s... Read more »

US citizens must learn their rights

February 11, 2014 • Staff Ed  
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What is the supreme law of the land? If you answered “The Constitution,” then congratulations. If you did not know, then you are like the 70 percent of citizens polled by Newsweek who failed to remember the almost 227 year old document written by James Madison that dictates what you can and... Read more »

Banning eCigs is unjust

Banning eCigs is unjust

February 11, 2014 • emily hack, viewpoint editor  
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A ban on an activity that harms others without their consent is lawful, but a ban on an activity that causes no harm to the surrounding party is not. The ban on electric cigarettes in Chicago is ridiculous and unjust to users. On January 14, Chicago passed the ordinance to ban the use of electronic cigarettes... Read more »

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