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A shared experience for many in our generation was the highs and lows of K-12 education, whether it was the wacky school lunches or the terror of looming tests. These experiences shaped us, which is the purpose of education. In fact, that is the purpose of schools. Schools are intended to mold the minds of youth and turn them into good citizens. Despite this well-intentioned and lofty goal, our current educational system has resulted in indoctrination rather than education in many cases,…

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Less than 24 hours after a mass shooting that killed 10 people in Boulder, Colorado, every student at Iowa State received an email advertising an upcoming meeting about 3D printed firearms for the student organization Students for 2A.

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As a MidAmerican Energy customer, I find it hard to understand why they continue to ride on the production of coal and the purchasing of natural gas while moving lethargically toward the abundance of savings in wind and solar energy. Meanwhile, they’ve been making well over half a billion in profits every year from the bills we pay them. But they think nothing of making residents and small businesses absorb the extreme costs of heat this winter.

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I have a problem with the whole “Get out the vote” thing. To me, it seems like one great big cattle prod aimed at herding people into our current hate-filled two-party system.

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It has been a long COVID-19 year for teachers and students. On top of COVID-19, the planet kept getting hotter and hotter, with 2020 tying for the hottest year that humans have ever experienced. Yet it is likely that 2020 will be one of the coolest years in the next 100 years unless we change course quickly. As we head into Earth Month (or April), how can educators engage students with this critical issue?

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Farmers used to wait for the right conditions to spray their chemicals in the spring. It wasn't that hard to do. Just wait for a day the wind wasn't blowing at the neighbors property. But now the spraying can't wait; it's done by corporations that have a full schedule. If they don't spray every day, their profits suffer.

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As an elementary education major, I’ve seen the inside of many classrooms and seen what happens on a typical school day. Lots of learning happens, some messes are made and many smiles light up students’ faces. Reading, writing and math are heavily focused on in the classroom, and rightfully so. These are the foundations of all future learning, since in the fourth grade and beyond, students begin to read to learn about other subjects and are no longer learning to read.

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