Stop clowning around

Many have cried foul at the idea of 14-year-olds being charged with felonies for making threats in the name of some menacing clown profile, arguing that a kid’s life shouldn’t be ruined over a prank. Consequences are an important part of life because it is the only way people learn. No matter how many times […]

Literacy leads to learning

It’s understandable that high school teens don’t have a desire to read anything other than the text messages and tweets on their phones, because many of the reading requirements set by schools and English teachers are classic novels that aren’t relatable or even interesting to their generation.

Literacy leads to learning

It’s understandable that high school teens don’t have a desire to read anything other than the text messages and tweets on their phones, because many of the reading requirements set by schools and English teachers are classic novels that aren’t relatable or even interesting to their generation.

Spirit of humanity burns bright

Students in high school today were either not born yet, or don’t have memories of the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11.

Teens responsible for moral code

With the insanity that comes with high school football in Texas, many things happen on the field that could become problematic.

Viral trends abuse social media

At the beginning of this year, the Norseman staff looked at wide-spread movements that bring about change, such as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In looking at that, we were able to see the good and the bad of such movements; viral trends can just be that – a trend that quickly dies – but they can also be educational.

Use technology for good, not evil

For decades, students have taken to bathroom stalls with Sharpies in hand to spread gossip and rumors. However, the bathroom stalls have ceased to be the primary avenue for such information. Recently, many have taken to social media as a new means to spread hateful rumors to a larger audience.

Focus on family, friends this season

As Black Friday creeps deeper into Thanksgiving every year, guests around the dinner table become more sparse as they rush to beat the crowds or clock in to work their shifts. This attitude is seen at Christmas as people have become more interested in gifts and possessions rather than spending time with their loved ones. […]

Trends melt as need remains

Many people pride themselves on being socially conscious, but as a whole social consciousness seems to be fleeting based on observing past examples.

Holiday cheer turns to jeer

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, the popcorn is strung and draped on the tree, and the sweet melodies of Bing Crosby are playing through the house…but it’s July 1 and others are wondering what’s going on.

Big brother overstepping bounds

As the number of students cutting class across the nation increases, school districts have turned to extreme methods in an effort to control attendance. Several schools have implemented a microchip device in student identification badges that monitors the location of students on campus. This topic has sparked controversy in several school districts, especially in Texas […]

Giving back offers dual benefits

As we approach the holiday season, we begin to see widespread food drives and donation stands run by the Salvation Army and other organizations to give people the opportunity to donate to the less fortunate in the community.

Overtesting leads to low performance

In high school, students are forced to take various standardized tests that supposedly gauge intelligence and skill.

Throughout the year, students take so many practice tests from release TAKS, to benchmarks, to field tests, that the testing becomes self-defeating.

Be the One: get up, get involved

Adults are constantly complaining about their jobs, but do nothing to look for a new one. They complain about the relationships that they are in, but do nothing to make them better. This pattern does not begin out of the blue, but seems to start in high school. Teenagers in the same sense, complain, but […]

Be the One: show some respect

Students yelling at teachers has bec ome a familiar sight on campus. Whether it’s something as trivial as a dress code violation or as minor as a late assignment, these students are not afraid to be disrespectful to their teachers by raising their voices and exerting an insane amount of emotion.

These students seeem to be demanding respect and to be treated as adults by the teachers, yet they are not showing respect nor mature behavior.

You are what you eat, it’s not a myth

Obesity. It’s an epidemic, we’ve been told, and the facts are there to back it up. Since 1980, the percentage of adolescents who are obese has almost tripled, according to the CDC.

Government agencies and medical researchers can tell us that we need to lead better, healthier lifestyles and impose rules that enforce such assessments, but these rules are futile if we don’t actually make the decisions for ourselves.

Out of the box thinking, success

Throughout high school, it’s typical for the average student to be taught that gaining certain academic achievements is the only thing that matters.

Obtaining the status of National Merit Scholar, Top 10%, or commended performance on TAKS seems to be all that teachers, administrators and other students talk about.

The Dilemma of Standardized Testing

As Mrs. Willett would say, testing season has arrived. From the TAKS to the SAT, the spring semester of high school is filled with an abundance of standardized testing.

Overly-strict Parents: can’t live with them, can’t live without them

While most of us will often complain about rules and authority, the truth is that we actually need and respect the boundaries imposed on us by our parents.

As our parents make rules, it’s a sign that they actually love and care for us, because they are focused on our best interests.

‘Lookin’ like a fool’ with your pants on ground: derriere dilemma

After a Georgian assembly passed a law that regards the wearing of baggy pants as indecent exposure, the debate as been set afire as to whether or not the use of saggy britches is appropriate.