Talawanda Talks Call for Submissions

The Talawanda Tribune (www.talawandatribune.org) is starting a new op-ed column called “Talawanda Talks.”  We welcome any opinion pieces from 250-800 words that deal with the issues and concerns facing high school students.  We ask that all submissions follow the Student Code of Conduct and maintain language that is appropriate for school, including being mindful and respectful of diversity.  Please fact check and include any references to outside research.  

In addition, we will be sending out a call for submissions for responses to specific questions each month. Here are our questions for February:

February 1-5:  Snow Day or No Way?  Does remote learning mean an end to snow days?

February 8-12:  To Valentine’s Day or not to Valentine’s day?  Is Valentine’s Day an antiquated holiday?  Should high school students be spending time and money on Valentine’s Day?  What are some ideas for good and terrible Valentine’s gifts?

February 15-19:  Civility in the Classroom:  Should high school students discuss controversial political opinions in class?  What, if any, ground rules should be in place for such classroom discussions?  Are there subjects that should be off limits?  What does it mean to have civility while discussing difficult topics?

February 22-26:  Recess!  Should high schools have recess periods built into their schedules?  Are teenagers too old for recess, or do they still need breaks in their school days?  What should a high school recess period look like?

Email your submission to talawandatribune@talawanda.org with the subject line “Talawanda Talks.”  You must submit using your Talawanda gmail account.  If we choose your submission, we might edit it for grammar/mechanics.  We will only include your first initial when we publish your response.