Freshman Peyton Melin organizes Lenten common basket

The Melin family visited with a family during their travels to Flores De Villa, Peru, last summer. Their trip included aiding their church in building homes for struggling Peruvians. (courtesy of Peyton Melin)

Freshman Peyton Melin organizes Lenten common basket

April 15, 2014

With the help of the BSM World Language Department, freshman Peyton Melin spent the week of April 1 raising awareness to the community of BSM about a small city in Peru, Flores de Villa, located about 30 minutes from the capital, Lima. “Lima is a modern city with a casino,... Continue Reading

Junior establishes self as premier softball player

Junior establishes self as premier softball player

April 15, 2014

Junior captain Maddie Houlihan has come along way since first stepping up to the tee-ball plate as a young six year old. With her college future already mapped out and two years remaining as a Red Knight still to play, the University... Continue Reading

The importance of feminism can’t be ignored

The iconic Rosie the Riveter image has been a symbol of feminism since World War 2. (Ryan Applehof)

The importance of feminism can’t be ignored

April 17, 2014

I grew up with a stay at home dad. Every morning, he brushed my hair, made my lunch, and sent me off to school. In the evenings, he made dinner and folded laundry. My mom has always been the breadwinner, and I never questioned this situation––it was just how we did things. I think it is the responsibility... Continue Reading

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in latest record

The album takes influence from the sounds of the 60's and 70's, while still remain modern and fresh. (Aloe Blacc press image)

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in latest record

April 9, 2014

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in the music business with “Lift Your Spirit,” a soulful and creative album with a classy feel. His vintage sound made it more difficult for him to produce hits, but his... Continue Reading

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

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Schools should add current events to curriculum

As the tenth anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 approached, we watched anniversary specials and dramatic media coverage purely depicting the emotional aspect of the 9/11 attacks. Although it is important for us to respect the lives lost and to reflect together on this tragic event, it is equally essential for us as students to learn the facts of exactly what happened, without the tear-jerking slant.

Our high school curriculum doesn’t include lessons pertaining to 9/11 in a factual manner, and although we continuously study history, we are never formally taught about present day current events that are both monumental and directly affecting our lives.

How often are students taught about the causes and effects of the Civil War? Probably in more US History classes than can be counted. Shouldn’t the causes and effects of modern wars such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan that we are currently engaged in be equally emphasized? Many students don’t even know that there’s a difference between the two.

Likewise, U.S. history classes often only teach up until the 1960s, assuming that students understand recent history when it seems to be the opposite; it is the last twenty years, along with events that we have been alive to see, that we know the least about.

Because current events and awareness aren’t specifically emphasized, we never learn the pure facts of global issues in our curriculum. Many students don’t have a basis of knowledge behind their opinionated statements pertaining to the topics. And it’s no secret that the minds of our generation are brimming with opinions wanting to be heard.

This same issue could be applied to politics. Many are quick to proclaim themselves a “republican,” “democrat,” “libertarian,” or what have you, without understanding what these titles even mean. Students so easily challenge a viewpoint of one another without examining or considering their reasoning. Uninformed opinions on politics, war, religion, or other loaded topics are what lead to a culture of misunderstanding and intolerance.

The events of September 11 perfectly exemplify the issue of intolerance, as it was both a leading cause and a direct effect of the attacks. In order to prevent terroristic actions from recurring, the youth of our country—the leaders of tomorrow—must be educated and unprejudiced about global issues.

We, as the Knight Errant staff, believe that BSM and all other high schools around the country should take it upon themselves to mandate the knowledge of current events in their student body. But, until these topics are included in school curriculum, it is each student’s personal responsibility to stay informed in order to be a socially accountable citizen of the United States.

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One Response to “Schools should add current events to curriculum”

  1. Mick Hawkins on September 26th, 2011 12:46 pm

    You could not be more correct. If the adage “History repeats itself” has any validity, then being aware of history as it is being made would be critical for an informed and educated adolescent.

    Nice job, good arguments, well written.

    Go Red Knights!

    Mick Hawkins


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