Category Archives: Opinion

The Pulse

Todays question is “As a senior, how do you plan on spending your last April break as a high school student?”

The Pulse

What would you like to see in a new school building?

Extra Curricular Activities Add Value to EL

by Bilal Hussein, ’18

Here at Edward Little, extra-curricular activities do not get as much of the attention as sports do. From band, to drama, many students embrace different activities that they enjoy and yet it seems they get little to no attention compared to sports.

“I see a resurgence for the excitement for the band,” band teacher Bill Buzza said. After the All-City Band Concert on March 22, many of the audience members were amazed by the professional demeanor and talent the children from grades 5 to 12 had to show at Edward Little High School. The high school’s band was lead by Buzza, who explained “there’s a lack of interest” in the band, which “is not as popular as it used to be.” With all the negatives, there must be some positivity for the band.

Finding Your Passion

by Avery Goulding, ’19

The author started bowling at age 5, and the sport has become her passion.

The author started bowling at age 5, and the sport has become her passion.

I grew up playing one particular sport, bowling. I dabbled in many other sports, but I still always came back to bowling, which I carried with me from age five. It wasn’t always easy, though. Early on in my ten-year journey with bowling, I found myself wanting to quit. I just wasn’t enjoying it anymore because I didn’t feel like I was good enough or really getting any better. After thinking about it a lot I decided to quit for a year, to relieve some of the pressure and experience what it would be like to get off the lanes and have more free time.

I can tell you, now, it wasn’t as great as I thought it would be. I missed my friends, the tournaments, the early Saturday morning league, and, most of all, the general environment. It was, after all, where I spent a majority of my time growing up. So what I decided to do was dedicate my entire summer to practicing. Unfortunately, jumping into this method still wasn’t getting me anywhere, because I figured I could just teach myself to be better. I was too shy and probably too embarrassed to ask for help.

Digital Learning: Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back?

By Avery Goulding, ’19

As I make my way through high school, I’ve come across a very different type of algebra along with a completely different array of teaching styles, and I’ve realized that algebra is no longer really the algebra I remember. The math we students grew up on has been tainted to fit many new learning techniques. Students are no longer taught traditional formulas or encouraged to practice mnemonic devices in order to retain the information. The result: the new methods have made algebra even more challenging.

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ALEKS is an online learning program used by the math department at ELHS.

Entering high school, I was expecting a more in-depth explanation of algebra with the helpful hand of a qualified teacher to really explain the material to me so I, as a student, could get the full learning experience I needed to succeed in this subject. Considering I struggled with the material in the first place, I was in need of a little extra help. Instead, students were placed into an online learning program intended to give them an “at your own pace” experience, yet expected to complete so many topics within the site in a certain amount of time. Not only does this stress students out because they feel like they aren’t smart enough to the complete the work in the given amount of time, but it doesn’t give them a fair chance to receive the amount of attention and focus they deserve to completely understand the work. Teachers aren’t always able to get to every kid in the class, not to mention everyone is in a different position on this website which makes it hard to reach out to other students if they need to as well.

Why And How You Should Vote

Voter registration cards like these are available at City Hall or at your polling place. Courtesy of maine.gov

Voter registration cards like this are available at City Hall or your polling place. (Courtesy of maine.gov)

by Sydnee Harris, ’16

Another presidential voting year is upon us. But for most Millennials, voting never crosses their mind. Some aren’t even sure how to register—something I discovered when discussing the local election with some of my friends. Surprisingly, 37 percent say that their vote doesn’t really matter, and a staggering 55 percent say there are better ways of getting your point across. Voting is the most effective way for your voice as a citizen to be heard, and if things aren’t going the way you prefer, not voting won’t help it at all.

Voting: An Infantile Disorder

by Isaac Peachey, ’16

As the presidential election approaches, many young voters are preparing to cast a ballot for the first time. By supporting the candidate of their choice, some teens genuinely believe that they will make a difference. This upcoming election, more so than others, will be a very important year for those who lean toward reformism. With issues such as universal healthcare, mass incarceration, police brutality, war, and education, there is a collective wish to finally witness a change in the system. However, the unfortunate truth is that voting is an act of futility.

The Pulse

The question today is inspired by the fact that some students feel that they need more time in the morning to sleep and to get ready.

“Assuming that school had to be open for six hours, what hours would you choose?”

 

 

 

The Pulse

by Maureen Brann, ’18

The Eddies Echo will be starting a new feature today, The Pulse, in which staff members survey students about a topic of interest to the school community. The question today is inspired by the recent announcement that long-time ELHS principal Jimmy Miller will be retiring after 41 years. Click on the photos below to see student responses.

“What qualities or characteristics would you like to see in a new principal?”

Winter Carnival Highlights Student Initiative and Talent

By Ben LaRoche, ’15

Edward Little’s 2015 Winter Carnival officially came to a close on Friday and many of the events were an overwhelming success, though there were a few hiccups along the way. The event was completely planned by students, and highlighted student art, musical skills and other talents.

The Art Walk was able to raise $245 for the New Beginnings Youth Homeless Shelter, all while entertaining the mass amount of students that were crammed into one hallway. The free day had a little something for everyone to enjoy, such as movies and games, and even if you didn’t want to do anything, you still had the option to simply kick back and unwind. The talent show gave the school a whole slew of amazing performances to watch and gave students the chance to show off what they can do.