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Opinion | Our education system is failing us

Opinion | Our education system is failing us

By Dalia Maeroff, Staff Columnist

September 29, 2020

The American education system is setting students up for failure when it comes to entering the workforce.

Opinion | Account for mental health struggles when shaping curriculum

Opinion | Account for mental health struggles when shaping curriculum

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist

April 1, 2020

I haven’t been able to get myself in a rhythm and routine of accomplishing all of my school work as normal, and frankly, I shouldn’t be expected to.

Editorial: Don’t eliminate mental health counseling at colleges

The Harrisburg Area Community College, which serves more than 17,000 students on campuses in Harrisburg York, Lancaster, Lebanon and Gettysburg, has eliminated all on-campus mental health counseling, a move experts said was risky at a time of growing demand.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 16, 2019

Harrisburg Area Community College's decision is problematic and risky, and it’s the opposite of what colleges should be doing with mental health services.

Editorial: House bill necessary to reform higher education

A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives Tuesday would increase Pell Grants, create a fund of $500 million for states to identify and prioritize colleges with high numbers of minority and low-income students and simplify student loan repayment plans.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 15, 2019

A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives Tuesday is a reasonable starting point to make college more affordable.

Editorial: Lawsuit could be a step towards equity in Pa. education funding

A lawsuit claims that Pennsylvania public school funding is unfair because it relies too heavily on local tax dollars and discriminates against underprivileged districts.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 3, 2019

Where the state government has failed to solve the problem of inequity in education funding, this lawsuit could be a step towards a solution.

Opinion | American education system should distance itself from grades

Opinion | American education system should distance itself from grades

By Kelly Loftus, Staff Columnist

March 3, 2019

I believe in educative structure. I believe in academic integrity. But I also believe that somewhere, we went wrong. We, as a society, need to reevaluate our current system of grading in order to institute something more just and constructive

Arming teachers takes a step in the wrong direction

Students gather at the U.S. Capitol to protest gun violence Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

By Alexis Buncich | Columnist

March 15, 2018

Teachers have a long list of supplies they absolutely need for their classrooms: poster boards, markers, textbooks, pencils and now — if President Donald Trump has his way — guns. With recent debates over the best way to approach mass shootings, some Americans believe the best way to protect against...

Seeking out safe sex in the LGBTQ+ community

(Illustration by Abigail Katz | Staff Illustrator)

By Shahum Ajmal and Abigail Tesfay | Pitt News Staff

February 14, 2018

The average human being can only be so comfortable with openly discussing how to insert an internal condom, which is why organizations like the Rainbow Alliance come prepared with a prosthetic vagina. “You have to overcome that hurdle of talking about it at all in order to talk about safe sex prac...

GOP tax plan threatens grad students the most

(Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

December 7, 2017

The Republican Party has once again proven itself to be an enemy of science and higher education — this time in the form of its new tax plan, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. With a vote of 51-49 during the early hours of Dec. 1, the Senate passed the GOP’s latest plan — a draft riddled with last-minute revisions scribbled in its margins — just ho...

Student immerses in African cultures

Derric Heck, a graduate student at Pitt who studies social and comparative analysis in education, led a discussion titled, “Identity, Culture & Education — Examples from Kenya and Ethiopia” Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Elise Lavallee | Contributing Editor)

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

December 1, 2017

Speaking about his travels to Africa, Derric Heck described his experiences researching African cultures as “amazing.” “It was not only informative for me, it was transformative,” Heck said. About 20 students gathered in Posvar Hall Thursday afternoon to attend a discussion Heck led, titled ...

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