"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Educations is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
Dull Pencils Op-Ed
By Jocelyn Sung
Mom has always pressured me to cross the line,
The snail’s tread between success and happiness.
Dad urges me to burn under a disapproving sun,
Exploring my limits, exercising my own strength.
Society demands I be someone I absolutely despise,
Restraining me with facades, ideas I do not share.
Cuffs biting into my wrists, shackles binding my feet.
Yet the worst, the most restraining of all my chains
Is a sham set by a “free nation,” called education.
It starts small; crayons and blank sheets of paper.
Our teachers urge us; “Draw Something!”
We do. Sometimes they are pleased with the results:
Stick-thin kids with triangle dresses and square pants.
Other times they frown, because we do not conform.
We scrawl our rocky upbringings onto paper:
Angry fathers, absentee mothers, cardboard boxes.
“Children should always be happy!” they insist.
So the teachers dispose of our art deemed trash.
We grow as we should, but we do not flourish as we need.
By the time we have matured enough to fight the system,
We choose a false sense of familiarity over revolutionary.
Those of us who wish to excel are forced to fall behind.
It’s breaking an ankle seconds before finishing a race.
And those of us who are unable to meet these standards
Are not given the help required for us too; to excel.
Education is a pair of chains in disguise, a false promise.
We learn, but to what extent? It isn’t to gain knowledge.
It isn’t so that we become more insightful, more human.
It’s so our nation can limit us to one way of thought.
A Christmas Bazaar, hosted by the GHS Student Council, Baseball Team, Key Club, MESA, and Junior Class is being held Saturday, December 2nd from 10 am-12 pm. Come out for food, games, and Christmas gifts!
SO BE IT!
By Sydney Teran '18 and Reylena Tsosie '21
“My dog is too fat and I don't know what to do she loves peanut butter so much”
Have you ever tried another snack that would benefit your dog and be healthier? Or how about limiting the amount you are giving her? Dogs, like people, enjoy different things. People like Cheetos, pizza, McDonalds and more types of food that are bad for your health. Relating to your dog, you can find something nutritious but enjoyable for her. Here are some websites you can check out if you want to know more about types of treats and the amounts that should be given.
“How do I stop stress eating to cope with my problems?”
Try to put your mind to something else. You should do something you enjoy to keep your mind occupied like walk outside, listen to music, or run. Find what works for you. Some people turn to drawing, reading, etc. What are you interested in? What gives you a sense of peace? The upside is there's options for you. When dealing with stress it's okay to take your time and go at your own pace. When you have found a way to cope remember to think positive even in the difficult times. When you think positive you feel positive. Down below are links to know more about how to deal with stress eating. Also relaxation techniques. It's important and ‘relaxing' to take a moment and clear your mind.
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Last Week's Poll Results
Last week we asked how you were planning to spend Thanksgiving. 75% said they were spending it with family in town, and 25% said they were not celebrating Thanksgiving.