Welcome to the Thought section, a place to display articles of a more practical nature. We have a Non-Fiction section for those who wish to bestow any kind of knowledge on the world, and more focused Opinion section as well. Below are articles about current events that serve as prompts for your Opinion piece. Responses to these articles can be angrily passionate or calmly objective, and take either side of the issue--however, they must be civil. So, if you have an opinion, let us know!
Qualified Interpreting for Deaf Inmates
A current debate in Oregon's prisons is the hiring of certified interpreters for deaf inmates. On a day to day basis, fellow prisoners are used as interpreters. State penitentiaries do not see the need to hire full-time interpreters for the deaf--they are only needed for important events such as doctor's visits or court hearings. Groups that support the rights of the deaf say otherwise--certified interpreters need to be on hand for the incarcerated hearing-impaired at all times. Do you think professional, full time interpreters are a necessary expenditure for Oregon's prisons?
See full article at the Statesman Journal.
Common Core: Improvement or Nuisance?
The complete overhaul the nation has put into effect in the education system has many people reeling. Some believe the rigor of the new Common Core standards will help kids be prepared for college and beyond. However, just as many believe that the Common Core standards aren't rigorous, just overly complicated. And the other question is, was the education system prepared for the mix up? The new state test in Oregon that is supposed to replace OAKS isn't even ready yet--which means teachers are taking a shot in the dark when trying to prepare kids for their exams. What's your take on the new standards?
See article on Common Core at the Statesman Journal.