Trends Are Stupid
By: Brett Francis/Home Editor
Trends are stupid. Okay? They just are. It doesn’t matter what the trend happens to be - a popular video or a clothing style or a tiny trinket you can buy at Walgreens for twelve cents. It’s never really about what it is you’re doing or saying or getting; it’s just because it’s popular that anyone’s really interested in it. One kid sees a fidget spinner on the Internet, and suddenly everyone in the whole school has them, showing them off because they think it makes them cool too. Memes, online posts, clothes, whatever - we allow ourselves to be so deeply defined by trends and what’s “cool” at a given time that we treat ourselves and others horribly if they’re not in with whatever’s popular lately.
I’ve never been someone who really knows what’s what with our modern-day Internet-fueled culture that changes every second. I’m still trying to catch up with whatever the heck “lit fam” is supposed to mean. I just don’t care. We live in an age when you can literally be bullied for wearing clothes deemed to be out-of-style, when music from more than twelve months ago is considered “oldies,” when a lack of connection in the fast-paced mess of social media is equivalent to social suicide. Good luck having very many people to hang out with high school if you don’t, at least in some way, sacrifice your individuality and interests in favor of what everyone else says is “cool.”
The worst impact of our world of memes and trends is that we affect future generations as well, our younger siblings who grow up believing that these trends are what matters in the world, continuing the endless cycle of cultural oppression. We think of ourselves as individuals but the vast majority of us adopt a mob mentality just to manage to get by in day-to-day life. I had to severely alter my speech and behavior when I first started going to public school just to fit in and survive. This is wrong, and it needs to stop. Stop allowing your perception of human worth be based on anything but your own heart. You’ll find that much deeper and more meaningful things will come of this path than the futile and crushing chaos of popular demand.
SAGE TESTING IS A WASTE OF TIME
By: Parker Stringer/ Opinion Editor
If you or any other student you know has been in a Utah School district in 2013-2017 you might be entitled to take a worthless state test called The Sage. That’s what it should say when you take Sage as it doesn’t hurt your grade or your record in the slightest form. The Sage stands for
You may look at this and say wow, that is the greatest test that seems to exist on the whole entire planet and it must be very accurate! Well, that is not entirely true. It may measure academic growth but, the state government uses it to grade your child's whole success. In an article by Deseret News, they say using “SAGE to calculate school grades, to put schools in academic turnaround status”. Notice how they say put schools in an “academic turnaround” what does this mean? Do the schools that are failing get a pass because their students did average on the Sage? You would be right if they didn’t just change that rule last year “legislators removed a requirement that SAGE scores be used to evaluate instructors” according to The Salt Lake Tribune.Before that law was passed the SAGE was already active for three years.
Another problem with this incompetent piece of trash of a test is that no one actually tries on these tests. While the test measures your academic success it doesn’t go on the participant's grade. Many of students know that what they care about most is their grade. The small text of the first six letters of the alphabet that determines a child’s future is all that your kids care about. A article by the Salt Lake Tribune Titled “After 3 years of SAGE tests, Utah lawmakers debate replacing or changing maligned exam” explicitly says “Critics of the test say students aren't motivated to do well on SAGE because their own grades and college acceptance don't rely on the results. What more proof do you need that this test is a complete waste of time.
Now, there have been talks in the state government to remove Sage and instead use the money from sage into funding for the SAT or the ACT. These would be better uses of taxpayer money because students would actually care and try on these sort of tests because their future depends on it, unlike the government's science project to get students to do better in school.
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