Partnership with PRI gives greater meaner to recycling

A recycler does her work in the area between the cafeteria and the loading dock. The work done by these individuals is crucial to the operations of the school. (Celia Smithmier)

Partnership with PRI gives greater meaner to recycling

April 23, 2014

They can be found carting dishes in the cafeteria, collecting paper from classroom recycling bins throughout the school, or hanging out in their nook between the cafeteria and loading dock, removing the lids from each individual Gatorade bottle disposed of at lunchtime. Led by Kate Thersleff, these workers come from Partnership... Continue Reading

Both boys and girls golf teams look forward to a solid season

Due to cold weather, the golf team has been forced to practice inside. (Taya Rettler)

Both boys and girls golf teams look forward to a solid season

April 22, 2014

After practicing indoors due to the weather for the past two months hitting balls and getting their form down, the girls’ and boys’ golf teams are ready to start their seasons. When the teams began playing outside, they played nine holes while focusing on putting and driving. “I believe that we have a lot of strong and talented players on the... Continue Reading

Bowling prodigy: junior achieves perfect score for second time

Bowling a perfect 300 requires pristine physical talent and an unbreakable mindset. (Madeline Rockhold)

Bowling prodigy: junior achieves perfect score for second time

April 22, 2014

The no hitter, the hat trick, and the triple-double are what every athlete strives to accomplish. They require pristine physical talent and an unbreakable mindset, but one achievement is often left off of the list: bowling a perfect 300. For BSM junior Joe Kleven, this dream has become... Continue Reading

Craft making options abound in the Twin Cities

Craft making options abound in the Twin Cities

April 22, 2014

Fired Up Tucked away in a spacious warehouse near the University of Minnesota, Fired Up, the pottery creation shop, provides a sculpting experience unlike any other. Potters of all skill levels, including newcomers,... Continue Reading

Paint your plate provides a fun and colorful environment for guest to realease their creativity and enjoy painting a unique pottery piece. (Taylor Blad)

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

Staff writer Emily Pirkl struggles through the perils of her AP Euro assignments. (Shannon O'Connor)

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

February 25, 2014

It’s 11:09 p.m. (nine minutes after my self-imposed bedtime) and I’m far from snuggling under my flannel bed sheets. By the looks of it, I will be violating my own rule for the fifth night in a row, and, judging by my track record, this won’t be the last time. I’m on Tumblr, of course. Or, at least, I was. Then I clicked on link for a YouTube... Continue Reading

SportDateTimeOpponentLocation
Boys TennisWed, Apr 23 4:00 p.m.WayzataWayzata High School
BaseballThu, Apr 24 4:15 p.m.Spring Lake ParkHome
Girls GolfThu, Apr 24 3 p.m.NSC OpponentsMajestic Oaks Golf Course
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.Blake Away
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.EdinaHome
Boys TennisThu, Apr 24 4:00 p.m.Spring Lake ParkAquilla Park (St. Louis Park)
Boys GolfFri, Apr 25 TBDTBDEdinburgh USA
Boys TennisFri, Apr 25 4:15 p.m.Holy AngelsValley View Playfield (Bloomington)
Boys TrackFri, Apr 25 3:30 p.m.Moore RelaysBenilde-St. Margaret's
Girls GolfFri, Apr 25 3:30 p.m.Moore RelaysBenilde-St. Margaret's
BaseballSat, Apr 26 12 p.m.EdinaAway
BaseballMon, Apr 28 6:30 p.m.St. Louis ParkAway
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.
SportDateOpponentResultW/L
BaseballSat, Apr 19 Totino-Grace2-1W
Boys LacrosseSat, Apr 19 Eagan14-15L
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 17 Spring Lake Park17-4W
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 17 Spring Lake Park17-3W
Boys TrackThu, Apr 17 Multiple OpponentsCANCEL
Girls TrackThu, Apr 17 Multiple OpponentsCANCEL
BaseballTue, Apr 15 Fridley5-1W
Boys GolfTue, Apr 15 NSC Opponents2nd Place
Boys LacrosseTue, Apr 15 Eden Prairie8-7W
Girls LacrosseTue, Apr 15 Columbia Heights15-1W
Boys TennisTue, Apr 15 Totino-Grace7-0W
Girls GolfMon, Apr 14 BSM/Red Knight InviteCANCEL
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.

Paying for test scores: bad idea

I haven’t been paid for grades since 3rd grade. Part of this may be because I haven’t had grades worth paying for since the 3rd grade, but the point still stands: it’s a bad idea. It takes away the joy of learning and replaces it with an arbitrary goal that really has nothing to do with education.

When the government does it, it’s even worse. Basing funding on how schools do on a standardized test (or even basing bonuses on this, as a Republican state senator, Pam Myhra is proposing) is not only an oversimplification of a school’s progress, but italso hurts the poorest schools that need the most help.

First of all, we need to look at how this will mainly help the schools that already have the richest districts. According to the Star Tribune, “In terms of proficiency across the state, you can literally line it up with a correlation between wealth and good test scores,” meaning the schools that need the least extra help, will be getting the most.

While helping the richest schools in our state isn’t inherently a bad thing, hurting poorer schools is. When we allocate extra funds to schools that already are doing well, the schools hire more teachers to get small class sizes (a good thing); then, parents wanting to give their students the best public education possible pull their kids out of the poorer schools and into the richer one (not necessarily a bad thing); and, poor schools are left with the kids whose parents don’t care about their education enough to put them in a better school and probably won’t be doing too well on state tests (definitely a bad thing).

Now, arguments against tying funding to test scores also include the problem of teaching to the test (something that already happens with No Child left behind); but, let’s forget the educational detriments that this causes, be the greedy capitalists that we are and focus on the most important thing––the money, because that’s where our schools are going to get hurt the most.

 

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