The Seniors’ Schoology Scuffle
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There is absolutely no doubt that the 2016 election has been -and still is- the main topic of interest among most groups, including Greenbrier West’s class of 2017.
This year, Seniors who are enrolled in Mr. Yunker’s classes were tasked with signing on to a website called Schoology. By using the website’s Facebook-like forum, students had to research and discuss four topics -Campaign Issues, Vice-Presidential Candidates, Presidential Candidates, and the Gubernatorial (Governor) Election in West Virginia- and post their opinions onto the website. They were graded based on their posts and responses to their classmates’ opinions, and the depth of their ideas. This began in mid-October and ran through the week before Election Day.
As it happens when a group of highly-opinionated young men and women are asked to discuss current politics in the United States, the discussion got heated.
Topics such as immigration, abortion, separation of church and state, and the coal industry, caused students to engage in cut-throat debates, in which insults were hurled, posts were deleted, and opinions were undoubtedly shared.
Though mostly entertained by watching what went down on Schoology and how those involved reacted, students and staff are now questioning whether or not this assignment should be given in the future.
However, Mr. Yunker finds no problem in the Schoology assignment, and found it intriguing and entertaining to see what his students think about certain topics. He says that he intends to do this assignment again in the future. In fact, he plans to have the Seniors do a Schoology assignment in Spring, about Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office.