IN MY OPINION, as part of the district’s $18.1 million budget, the school should repair or replace all of the computers in the computer lab and buy a license for students to play educational computer games.
Other students have other ideas, but I’ll describe mine first: Minecraft, for example, is a somewhat educational game. My dad and I were in Foxtown Diner last year and we read a story in the newspaper about how teachers say Minecraft is great for kids. It teaches how to build things, how to multiply, how to use different metals and stones, and how to get more education in your life.
There is also a survival mode, so it teaches you about survival. And there is a community around Minecraft so it’s also about collaboration. Studies show Minecraft can make you smarter and it doesn’t hurt your brain. Well, sometimes.
We do have computers in school but some don’t work. We use the ones that do work for looking things up — debate topics, for example. My reading breakout group just looked up a debate around the question of whether television is a bad influence.
Type to Learn 4 (or TTL4) is another activity on the computer. Some kids, myself included, enjoy that.
That’s why, with the school district preparing its budget for 2016, we should include money for better computers and Minecraft.
Other budget ideas from our staff:
Kylie Lowell, our sports editor, says she wants to have field hockey and volleyball teams at BSE.
“That’s so that the kids will be ready for when they go to Mohawk, and so that they’ll be more experienced at field hockey and volleyball, be more active and have a better time through playing sports.”
She also says the school should install vending machines so that kids can have healthy snacks between classes.
Ainsley Bogel, one of our assistant editors, says she wants the school to provide pizza and ice cream for every lunch.
“Because then they would be giving the kids nice lunches, and the school would get a nice reputation because then everyone would know the school gives the kids awesome lunches,” she explains.
Bennett Snyder is editor-in-chief of this edition of The BSE Flow. Got an opinion about these ideas or anything else in our pages? Write email@example.com.