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Knight Errant : Schools should add current events to curriculum
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BSM alum succeeds in journalism industry as TIME reporter

July 10, 2014


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As Benilde-St. Margaret’s seniors endured their final days of high school before graduation, they prepare to move one step closer to getting jobs and becoming successful. Benilde-St. Margaret’s class of 2008 alum, Alexandra Sifferlin, is an example of this success; she has turned what was once a childhood ambition into an exciting reality. Sifferlin is now a health reporter for TIME Magazine, and has spent the last few years reporting on an assortment of health related issues. “I love being a health reporter because I like to think I’m doing a service. Health, medicine, and science impact everyone, and I get the most touching emails from readers,” said Sifferlin. At the age of... Continue Reading


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Baseball team falls short to Armstrong in vital section game

June 4, 2014


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The Benilde-St. Margaret’s baseball team made the trek to Siebert Field at the University of Minnesota to take on the Wayzata Trojans in a section playoff showdown. According to junior Connor Day, “Our team played well and with a lot of chemistry. We rebounded well from our loss last week.” The Trojans scored first with one player crossing the plate in the top half of the first inning; the Red Knights answered by scoring two runs in the bottom of the second. BSM senior Michael Kaminski threw a complete game, allowing only two runs over the course of seven innings as well as recording one RBI. Junior Tyler Wyvell along with seniors Keaton Studsrud and Christopher Racchini also contributed... Continue Reading


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Tremendous Twelve

June 4, 2014


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10 Things To Do Around Lake Calhoun

Going to the beach is one of the most popular pastimes of Lake Calhoun goers. Bring a towel and your sun block and head to either one of the two beaches of Lake Calhoun. (Keenan Schember, Megan Ortizcazarin)

10 Things To Do Around Lake Calhoun

June 5, 2014


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The definitive ranking of BSM water fountains

Sophamore Gunnar Lundberg stops for a cool refreshing drink (Emily Larson)

The definitive ranking of BSM water fountains

June 3, 2014


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As the days become longer and the heat index spikes, students often seek the comfort of a cool sip of water from one of the many selections of drinking fountains offered at BSM. But with so many to choose from, not all can claim the title of Most Popular Water Fountain. From dirty drains, leaky fountains, horrible locations and warm, iron-laced water,... Continue Reading


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SportDateTimeOpponentLocation
Boys SoccerTue, Sep 02 7 p.m.OronoHome
Girls SoccerTue, Sep 02 5 p.m.OronoOrono HS
Boys SoccerThu, Sep 04 5 p.m.RochesterHome
FootballFri, Sep 05 7 p.m.ChaskaChaska HS
Boys SoccerTue, Sep 09 4:45 p.m.Bloomington JeffersonBloomington Jefferson HS
Girls SoccerTue, Sep 09 7 p.m.Bloomington JeffersonBloomington Stadium
Boys SoccerThu, Sep 11 7 p.m.ChaskaHome
Girls SoccerThu, Sep 11 5 p.m.ChaskaHome
FootballFri, Sep 12 7 p.m.Robbinsdale CooperHome
Boys SoccerMon, Sep 15 7 p.m.EdinaKuhlman Field
Mon, Sep 15 5 p.m.EdinaKuhlman Field
Boys SoccerTue, Sep 16 5 p.m.RichfieldRichfield HS
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.
SportDateOpponentResultW/L
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.

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Schools should add current events to curriculum


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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

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    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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