Issue 1.2 May 2003

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Newsletter Articles:
Chris Durning Interview
Cyrano de Bergerac
Matrix Reloaded Review

Vitalis Newspaper
Issue 3:

AHL vs. Junior Hockey
Canadian Idol
Coffee House
Decriminalizing Weed
Dumb Warnings
Grad Advice
Hockey Fever
Sport of Juggling
Kiss and Tell
Music for the 21st Century
Pop Stars?
Save the World
Puppy Mills
Homer vs. Peter
When Should School Begin?
Ashamed of Colour?
Student Artwork

Vitalis Newspaper
Issue 2:

Age Discrimination
Bathroom Graffiti
Cell phones
Got Milk?
Internet Safety
The Mad Dash
Mass Media Monster
My World
Nature vs. Nurture
I Never Believed in Miracles
Proud to be a Hound
Public Transportation
Picking on Saint John
Roses, Rubbers & Rainbows
Secret, Underlying Concern
Summer Crossword
War in Iraq
Whose is it now?

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Jessica Vihvelin


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by Anonymous
Teachers’ explanations of the elevated pass mark of sixty percent simply do not add up. When asked, most teachers responded with the same phrase: “Would you want a surgeon operating on you if they only knew fifty percent of the material they were required to know?” Of course not; no one would. But that does not and cannot compare to high school.

Ideally, we want the ‘professionals’ we trust with serious matters to know one hundred percent of what they should know in order to do their job properly, such as surgery. Then, why aren’t high school students required to know one hundred percent of what is taught to them? In my opinion, raising the pass mark from fifty percent to sixty percent has not raised any standards. If we expect our doctors and surgeons to know one hundred percent of the material they should know, then why aren’t high school students expected to know one hundred percent of what they are taught? Could it be because the government cannot afford to have students repeatedly achieve less than perfect marks and continuously repeat grades? I think so.

High-achieving students that have set goals for themselves will work towards those goals and not be affected by the pass mark. For those students that do not know what they want to pursue, raising the academic standard does not make their decision any easier.

If we do not expect the same from students as we do our trained professionals, then the two should not be compared.