Homework: Student Voices October 20, 2008

Students at East Middle School, Grand Junction High School and Fruita Monument High School offer advice on improving academic success, an opinion on the best presidential candidate and a call to reduce littering.

Encourage your child to improve grades by reading more

• Are you upset with your child’s language arts grade? If so, here are some questions to ask yourself. Does your child play video games, watch TV or play on the computer for two to three hours a day? Is he or she having independent reading outside of school? If you answered yes to the first question and no to the second one, then you should get your child to read more. According to mediafamily.org, children who read more develop reading skills more easily than others, have a larger vocabulary and do better in school. Another good reason to get your child to read is that video games make children violent, according to GamePolitics.com. I still think children should be able to have fun with video games, just not too much, so they have time to read. Here is a way to get your children to read: The amount of time they read is the amount of time they get to play video games. For example, if they read for an hour, they get to play video games for an hour. Children would be smarter and less violent and have a bigger vocabulary. Try this, and watch your child’s language arts grade go up with every report card!

Emily Neil, 12, East Middle School

Girls should dress for everyone’s academic success

Girls in today’s high schools should follow school dress codes and be more modest so that the focus could be centered on academics with fewer distractions. Many teenage girls are wearing shirts that are too low and expose way too much cleavage. Many girls’ skirts and shorts are too short, as well. This exposes too much thigh/leg, and immodest views may be seen if the girls decide to bend down. These sights distract teenage boys, which girls know perfectly well. They shouldn’t be doing it. If high schools were to more vigilantly enforce the dress code (which, in our school, clearly states that shirt straps should be at least three fingers in length and skirts/shorts should be to the end of the longest finger, with hands fully extended at one’s side), fewer distractions to the learning environment would arise. More modesty in high schools would be ideal for change and would promote a more academically focused high school.

Lizz Southern, 14, Grand Junction High School

Obama can bring the change we need

If we want real and positive change to happen in our country, we need to vote for Sen. Barak Obama. Obama is planning on removing the troops from Iraq in an orderly, thoughtful way. People’s families can be reunited, and the U.S. can save billions of dollars currently being spent there. He is also planning on using more eco-friendly fuels and moving our country away from foreign oil dependency. Eight years of poor economic policies and disastrous foreign policies is enough! We need change, and Obama has the plans to give what we are asking for.

Isadora Nizalowski, 14, Grand Junction High School

Clean up your act

You see it everywhere, lying on the streets and sidewalks and even in our front yards. Waste is disposed anywhere but the garbage can, and that needs to change. According to studies, more than $115 million is spent on roadside litter control nationwide. Littering not only affects people but the environment and animals, as well. By getting lead poisoning or getting cut on glass, animals can get hurt or even die. Throwing food outside the window while driving can also attract animals to the road where they can be injured or killed by cars. It’s time for Grand Junction to clean up its mess and show everyone how beautiful Colorado can be. If you are so lazy that you have to throw your trash out the window while driving, put a trash bag in your car. It might not smell good, but it will help you and the environment.

Sara Stephenson, 17, Fruita Monument High School


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